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Indian Premier League 2016: Martin Guptill replaces injured Lendl Simmons at Mumbai Indians

first_imgNew Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is set to join Mumbai Indians for season nine of the Indian Premier League after the team’s opener Lendl Simmons was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament.The West Indies opener Simmons, who was Mumbai’s top-scorer with 540 runs in 13 matches in the last edition of IPL, suffered an injury to his lower back during Mumbai’s opening clash against Rising Pune Supergiants on Saturday. (Also read: Rohit praises Eden pitch, bowlers after MI’s win over KKR)Guptill, who was listed as a marquee player at a base price of Rs 50 Lakh, found no takers during the IPL auctions which was held earlier this year. Guptill’s dumping raised a lot of eyebrows for he was one of the most consistent batsmen for his country and in other T20 leagues across the globe. Guptill had smashed 547 in the 2015 World Cup which included a double century (237) against West Indies in the quarter-final.Guptill also gave New Zealand good momentum at the top in the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 smashing 140 runs in four matches.last_img read more