Martin Guptill says playing Vitality Blast cricket for Worcestershire Rapids is the best antidote for getting over ICC World Cup 2019 final disappointment with New Zealand.
The hard-hitting opener was run out in the Super Over against England going for the run which would have brought the trophy to the Black Caps at Lord’s.
England won by the boundary count rule in the final with Guptill and his team-mates, who gave a splendid account of themselves throughout the tournament, having to settle for a second successive runners-up spot.
It left him feeling drained at the end of the tournament but within four days Guptill was back in action during his second spell with the Worcestershire Rapids whom he helped to win the Blast last summer.
“After the World Cup, I think just getting back and playing cricket in a different set-up around different people, to get back on the horse straight away (with Worcestershire), was the best thing for me.
It was an emotional few days and I was pretty drained by the end of it but to come here, after a few days off, and to get back into it was good."
“How hard has it been? I try not to think about it. Everyone else keeps asking me about it and that’s the only time I think about it! I’m just trying to get on with it and to do my best for Worcestershire.”
The Rapids entertain Derbyshire Falcons on Wednesday at Blackfinch New Road, visit Yorkshire on Friday and host Leicestershire Foxes on Sunday.