Elliott: Guptill will be a key player in India

New Zealand

New Zealand allrounder Grant Elliott feels opening batsman Martin Guptill will play a key role if the Black Caps are to do well at the upcoming World T20 in India.

Guptill has been in sublime form for the Kiwis, especially in the limited-overs format, and Elliott wants to see him continue his good run in Indian conditions.

New Zealand go into the tournament with some hard hitting players like Colin Munro and Corey Anderson and their bowling attack will be led by Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

The 36-year-old Elliott said: "Guptill has been in good form recently and has experience of playing in all conditions. I hope he carries his good form to the World T20 competition. I hope he scores some good runs for the side.

"India has different kind of conditions compared to New Zealand. So we need to assess the nature of the pitch before playing our aggressive brand of cricket.

"T20 is a different ball game. We need to have two batsmen playing well on that particular day and we can win it. We have some match winners on our team and hope if we deliver well, we can win and go all the way."

New Zealand start their World T20 campaign against hosts India in Nagpur on 15 March.

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