OPINION: When the cameras got fixed with Martin Guptill, a sad face, who was alone in the Black Caps visit area in Old Trafford, television commentators almost did not need to elaborate.
The opener that touched some of the biggest international tickets a day in New Zealand ascended the stairs, threw his bat in the morning, furious, and sat alone with his thoughts, nobody I dare to approach. It was a desperate and almost sad sight.
Disassembled by the star speed player of India Jasprit Bumrah for one, the last eight entries of Guptill's Cricket World Cup have produced 94 races at an average of 11.75.
This was a batsman with an average career ODI of 42.35, including 16 centuries, surpassed by that impressive 237 that did not hit the West Indies in the fourth quarter of 2015.
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Former teammates and coaches have supported Guptill, insisting that he will fire when he explains and exploits in New Zealand his difficulties. His record past and the undefeated predecessor of the 73 in a pitcher against Sri Lanka demanded it.
But now, after the last possible positions of the tournament, it has gone from "will be right" to "we have to talk about Martin."
How happened so bad this past month, for one of the vital gears of the black caps on the baptizing machine?
Followers of Guptill, and there are many, will argue that it is not even out of nick. In fact, he broke a cover of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who could play it with great style, but found the player in the field, amid a shy and precocious examination with the ball making a mark.
A batter can move everything in networks and watch a million dollars, but if the confidence in the heat of the battle has fallen, it can quickly make snowballs. Since his uncontrolled opportunity against Sri Lanka, Guptill seems uncertain, almost desperate, desperately trying to strengthen his defense and wait for him to find the center once or twice.
It is true that, sometimes, he has had bad luck, launching a potential reinforcement of confidence in reverse. In South Africa, he was running 35, he ran and stepped on his touches. Inside, he climbed to the thigh against Afghanistan and caught a simple catch.
But other times the defensive technique of Guptill has been exposed.
The lively left of Livy West, Sheldon Cottrell, had stuck with the first ball with a dirty inswinging worker. Jason Behrendorff, of Australia, also managed to do it, and Guptill played so far outside the line that was alarming.
He almost suffered another first dancer against Kumar on Tuesday, hit the ball with the ball not enough reduced to cut his legs while India challenged the right decision of referee Kettleborough. Then, when the prominent Bumrah offered a wide width, Guptill bitten and his 14-ball nightmare finished.
Currently, there are seven Oden tickets against India, where Guptill has not surpassed 15. It's the same in four of his last six against England. It sacked Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the beginning of the year, but against high quality pace attacks there are now great concerns.
Other factors have prevented Guptill, especially the failed experiment by Colin Munro.
Four years ago, Brendon McCullum shone brightly and Guptill could do his business with minimal pressure. With Munro falling a second time after many occasions, and Henry Nicholls threw himself against the Big Three after the injury and the minimum playing time. Guptill has loaded a heavy load.
You can not get rid of it and risk to break. On the contrary, he tried to be responsible and protect Kane Williamson, but he did not work with caution.
If New Zealand bowlers can play the game of their lives against India and, in a way, defend their total, Guptill will be released at the time of Lord's against Australia or the United States. England looking for a bullet, the team leadership will only have to cross the fingers. stage.
There is no danger of falling in the midst of the great concern of Black Caps, his inaugural alliance that has already caused an accident at Munro.
Guptill is his best champion, brilliant in the circle and can help set the tone of that way. But this is not his primary role and, after this horror, there will be some reports with coach Gary Stead. Suddenly he is not a bad player.
What has gone wrong has been an important handicap for New Zealand, and they need to find out the reason and, luckily, raise Guptill's sadness as the focus goes to the Twenty20 World of next year.