New Delhi: New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, who played a blinder of an innings on Monday during the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka, was unaware of fact that he was quite close to breaking the world record of fastest fifty, before the field umpire informed him about the same.
The opener, who smashed an unbeaten 93 off 30 balls to help his side win the match, moved to 46 off 13 balls and was quite close to breaking the record of South African AB de Villiers, who achieved the feat in mere 16 balls.
"I was trying to hit as many runs as I could, as quick as I could. The plan was always to go out and be aggressive, and create a strike-rate at the top of the innings.
“The first time I thought about the record was when the umpire said to me: 'You've got two balls to get it or something like that.' That's the first time it came to my head," Guptill said after helping the hosts to a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.