Mumbai Indians call up Martin Guptill to replace Lendl Simmons
The Mumbai Indians franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has decided to call up New Zealand’s Martin Guptill in the place of Lendl Simmons, who has been ruled out the tournament with a back injury.
Earlier in March, Simmons pulled out of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 due to a similar back injury but made a successful return in the semi-final against India where he scored a match-winning fifty.
The news was confirmed by Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting on air during their game against the Kolkata Knight Riders on 13th April.
In the 2015 edition of the IPL, Simmons was the highest run-scorer for Mumbai Indians with 540 runs from 13 matches, including six fifties and was also the joint second highest run-scorer in the entire tournament along with Ajinkya Rahane.
In the IPL player auction held in February, Guptill was not picked by any team despite being the highest run-scorer in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup with 547 runs from nine games.
In overall T20s, Guptill has 4684 runs from 155 matches and is also the third highest run-getter in T20 Internationals behind Brendon McCullum and Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Earlier this week, Guptill was also named to lead the Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise in the 2016 edition of the Caribbean Premier League, where he is one of the six marquee players in the tournament.
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