World reacts to Guptill's record-breaking knock

2:56 pm on 22 March 2015

Black Caps opener Martin Guptill's record knock of 237 against the West Indies has had the world's cricket scribes reaching for their adjectives.

Guptill's innings helped propel New Zealand into a semi-final against South Africa in Auckland on Tuesday.

Here's what the experts had to say:

Scyld Berry, Daily Telegraph:

"It has to be a prime candidate for the most expensive mistake in a cricket World Cup, or even in the whole history of white-ball cricket ... Martin Guptill, New Zealand's tall 28-year-old opening batsman, had scored four runs against West Indies when he clipped a catch to square-leg, where Marlon Samuels dropped it. Three hours later Guptill had scored 237 - the highest innings ever in World Cups - and he was still not out.

"What made Guptill's double-century so special, in front of a capacity home crowd in Wellington, was that it consisted of batting AND power-hitting."

Brydon Coverdale, Cricinfo:

"A double-century in a one-day international is not quite passé, but has become more common than ever seemed possible. A double-century in a World Cup quarter-final? That is something truly special ... This was a man [Guptill] at the peak of his powers."

Mike Selvey, The Guardian:

"The innings played by Guptill was remarkable not just for the runs he made but the manner in which they came. When it comes to batsmanship, this, we are constantly being told, is the age of invention: of flicks and flamingos, ramps and reverses, switch-hits and sixes, IPLs and Big Bashes.

"Except nobody appears to have told him, for if this, ultimately, was a display of power-hitting delivered by a tall fellow with long levers and a penchant for the front foot, then it was the orthodoxy of it all that caught the eye, utterly without recourse to frills or frippery."

West Indies great Brian Lara on Guptill during the match:

"This is ridiculous!!!"

Mark Geenty, The Dominion Post:

"Guptill obliterated record after record and just kept swinging for an unbeaten 237 off 163 balls, the innings of his life that most adjectives didn't do justice to."

Vithushan Ehantharajah, The Guardian, during the match:

"Christ on a bendybus, Guptill has just put a six on the top of the stand. ONE HUNDRED AND TEN METRES!"