Champion Blackcaps batsman Martin Guptill today re-signed with Kookaburra, a partnership that will see him use Kookaburra bats and equipment for the remainder of his international playing days.
Guptill has had an association with Kookaburra since 2004, in that time he has established himself as one of New Zealand’s most spectacular and loved batsman. A veteran of 47 Tests, Guptill holds the record for the highest score (237 not out) in World Cup history and also sits atop the list of all run scorers in Twenty20 International cricket. This new partnership will see Guptill use a Kookaburra bat throughout the remainder of his career with the Blackcaps and any career he may have in the major Twenty20 Leagues around the world.
Guptill is excited to continue the long partnership.
“It’s a real privilege to sign a deal that will take me through the rest of my international career with Kookaburra. I want to thank Kookaburra for all of their continued support to my career, they’ve made me feel like part of the family from day one,” Guptill said.
"I’ve had 14 years with Kookaburra using the best, I can’t wait for the rest.”
Kookaburra is thrilled to have Guptill as part of its family for the rest of his international days.
“Martin Guptill is one of the most exciting cricketers to represent the Blackcaps in the modern era, but he’s also someone that Kookaburra values for many more reasons,” said Jason Mills, General Manager at Kookaburra Sport NZ.
“Guppy has been a pleasure to deal with, he’s been supportive of the brand in a variety of ways and has assisted with a number of innovations in our bats and equipment. He’s someone that embodies the brand; innovative and spectacular with his batting, but respectful to the game, its traditions and its people. Guppy is the kind of player we love at Kookaburra.”
“We’ve watched his career unfold with so many highlights, that amazing 237 in the World Cup being just one, and we’re proud to say that we’ll be alongside him for the rest of his journey in international cricket.”
Guptill also has a unique place in Kookaburra history as the first player to face the pink Kookaburra ball in a Test match when he opened the batting in the inaugural Day/Night Test match against Australia in 2015.
Guptill will use the Kahuna range bat next summer, this new range will be available in stores in July.