How often would you see a wife taking an interview of her husband during a live telecast just after he scored a hundred in an international game? It is indeed a rare occurrence but Laura McGoldrick, the Sky Sports presenter, who is married to New Zealand opener Martin Guptill had done it not just once but twice -- after each of the right-hander's back-to-back hundreds against Bangladesh during the Kiwis' wins in the first two ODIs of the three-match series.
It was one of the most talked about incidents as McGoldrick interviewed her husband Guptill after he scored an unbeaten 117 against Bangladesh in Napier, followed by an 88-ball 118 in the second ODI in Christchurch and was interviewed yet again during the presentation ceremony.
McGoldrick, who started her career as a stage performer with a degree in performing arts, entered broadcasting in 2009 where she hosted a children's TV show before joining Sky Sports and started hosting 'The Cricket Show'.
When asked how often she interviews her husband after he scores a hundred, McGoldrick said that it was a 'cool' thing to be able get the first reaction and congratulate him.
“I don't know how often I do it as he scored a couple of back-to-back hundreds in the past. That was pretty cool to be able to interview him on both occasions. I have interviewed him quite a few times after he scored a hundred, so it actually makes me proud to be able to interview as not many wives get the opportunity to interview their husband. The coolest part is I am the one who gets his first reaction after scoring a hundred,” McGoldrick told The Daily Star on Sunday after the second ODI in Christchurch.
When asked who was more nervous during the interview, McGoldrick smiled. “Well...maybe him. I don't know, I guess neither of us as it's our jobs and we are both professional and things get done. So I don't think we get nervous and it's more exciting.”
McGoldrick and Guptill met each other during a TV show and got married in 2014. It may be natural to assume that the couple talk about cricket even at home, but according to McGoldrick they hardly discuss cricket, adding that life changed since the birth of their daughter Harley Louise.
“Life changed quite dramatically after we had a baby but all for the better. I am not sure what we used to do in our spare time before that. It is such a great joy and great perspective, and privileged to be her parents, that's for sure,” she added.
Guptill endured a lean patch during the previous five-match ODI series against India, when he scored just 37 runs in four games and missed the last match due to a lower back injury and McGoldrick said that she would take her husband out for dinner to celebrate the batsman's superb return to form.