Wellington, March 21: New Zealand's opener Martin Guptill entered the record books today by becoming only the second double centurion at a World Cup and also the first Kiwi to the milestone. He surpassed Chris Gayle to become the highest individual scorer in World Cup history.
Guptill, who was dropped on 4 by Marlon Samuels, made the most of the reprieve and went on to register the 6th double ton in ODI history. He is the fifth batsman overall. His score of 237 not out (163 balls, 24x4, 11x6) is the second highest in ODIs. (Video, reactions: Vettori's stunning catch)
In this World Cup, this was the second 200 plus score by a batsman. The first was from Gayle against Zimbabwe. Gayle was one of the first players to congratulate Guptill as he watched this sensational innings on the field.
Guptill reached the landmark with a four in the 48th over of the innings in their quarter-final match at the Wellington Regional Stadium. Thanks to the right-hander's outstanding effort, New Zealand amassed 393/6 in 50 overs. West Indies were bowled out for 250 to crash to a 143-run defeat.
The 28-year-old faced the first and last ball of the innings. He started the innings with a boundary off the first ball of the match from Jerome Taylor and two deliveries later was dropped by Samuels.
Guptill took 64 balls for his fifty and went on to notch up his 7th ODI hundred off 111 deliveries. The 150 was brought up in 134 balls and 200 from 152. One of his 11 sixes landed on the roof of the stadium, travelling 110 metres. He is only the second man to put the ball on the roof after Craig McMillan.
As soon as Guptill smashed the ball on to the roof, he showed a 'V' sign (indicating 2) to McMillan, who is now the batting coach of the team. This gesture was about him becoming the 2nd batsman to send the ball that far in Wellington.
Double hundreds in ODI cricket
264 - Rohit Sharma Vs Sri Lanka (2014)
237* - Martin Guptill Vs West Indies (2015)
219 - Virender Sehwag Vs West Indies (2011)
215 - Chris Gayle Vs Zimbabwe (2015)
209 - Rohit Sharma Vs Australia (2013)
200* - Sachin Tendulkar Vs South Africa (2010)
World Cup double tons
237* - Guptill
215 - Gayle