Forming New Zealand’s best-ever new-ball pair with Tim Southee, left-arm pacer Trent Boult presents a serious threat to batsmen around the world with his ability to move the ball both ways in all conditions.
Boult was a typical Kiwi kid enjoying water sports like most people in his country did. Cricket, however, is where his heart eventually led him. Arguably one of the best new-ball bowlers in the world now, he has been one of the most lethal weapons in New Zealand’s arsenal.
|Date of Birth||22nd July 1989|
|Playing Role||Opening bowler|
|Batting Style||Left-arm fast|
|Teams Played For||New Zealand, Northern Districts, New Zealand A, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, New Zealand U19, Hyderabad, Toronto|
|ICC Ranking in Batting||11||1||46|
|Test Debut||vs. Australia at Bellerive Oval, 9 Dec. 2011|
|ODI Debut||vs. West Indies at Warner Park, 11 July 2012|
|T20I Debut||vs. England at Eden Park, 09 Feb. 2013|
|Indian T20 League Debut||vs. Chennai at MA Chidambaram Stadium, 11 April 2015|
|Test||73||292||6/30 vs. SL||2.97||27.67||55.70||24||8||1|
|ODI||93||169||7/34 vs. WI||4.99||25.21||30.27||9||5||0|
|T20I||34||46||4/34 vs. IND||8.53||23.34||16.41||3||0||0|
|IT20L||55||71||4/18 vs. Chennai||8.52||25.35||17.84||5||0||0|
|BBI||6/30 vs. SL||7/34 vs. WI||4/34 vs. IND||4/18 vs. Chennai|
Trent Boult was born in Rotorua, New Zealand, on 22nd July 1989. He grew up in Ōhope and Tauranga and was educated at Otumoetai College. He is the younger brother of cricketer Jono Boult.
Boult appeared on the international stage when he was invited to the New Zealand A team for the 2007 training squad in Lincoln. At just 17, he became the fastest bowler in secondary school in the country, showing his supreme skills. In 2008, he was selected for the New Zealand U-19 World Cup team. He performed consistently for a few more years, waiting for the chance of playing for the senior cricket team to come knocking on his door.
Boult’s career didn’t exactly take off as he would have liked it to. A couple of years before making his Test debut, he suffered a major stress fracture in his back, which was largely due to his tinkered bowling action. So he sought the help of one of his idols, ex-Kiwi fast bowler Shane Bond. He went back to his old bowling action, which had yielded him much success in his younger days. He took his time to improve himself physically, conditioned his body well and got ready for the big stage.
His debut came in 2011 against Australia at Hobart, where he picked up 4 wickets helping his side win a Test Down Under for the first time since 1985. Overall, he had a decent start to his career in whites, taking 17 wickets in his first six games against teams like the West Indies, Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and India. He put up consistent performances throughout, but his moment to shine finally came in 2013 against the Windies at the Basin Reserve, where he got his maiden and only 10-wicket haul in Tests.
On the basis of his fine performances in Tests, Boult was selected for the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. The left-armer grabbed the opportunity with both hands and picked up 4 wickets in the two matches he played in the tournament.
Boult became a regular member of the
Kiwi Test side and was consistently among the wickets. He took 7 wickets in
the first Test against Sri Lanka at Christchurch and helped New Zealand win
the Test match. He made a comeback into the ODI side for the home series
against South Africa in October 2014. Due to his ability to swing the ball
both ways at pace, he was named in the squad for the 2015 World Cup.
Boult finished as the joint-highest wicket taker in the 2015 World Cup with 22 wickets, enhancing his reputation as one of world cricket's exciting new talents. His high point came in the group-stage victory over Australia, where he demolished the eventual champions with a spell of 5 for 28. He was one of the key figures in New Zealand making it to their first-ever World Cup final.
During the Trans-Tasman 2015–16 series in Australia, Boult became the first New Zealand player to take a 5-wicket haul in the first-ever day-night Test in history. However, Australia won the day-night match by 3 wickets. For his performances in the World Cup and Tests in 2015, he was named both in the World Test XI and the ODI XI by the ICC. He was named in the Team of the Tournament for the 2015 World Cup by the ICC.
Trent Boult got his first Indian T20 League contract when Hyderabad signed him in 2015. Boult only got to play seven matches, where he performed decently by picking up 9 wickets. Although he won the title in 2016 with Hyderabad, he did not get any opportunity to play in the next season as he was released by the team.
He then went on to represent Kolkata and later Delhi in the next 3 years. Playing for Delhi, the 2018 season proved to be Boult’s finest season in the league, with 18 wickets in 14 games. However, after a modest season in 2019, where he only played five matches, he was released. He got most recognition in the league after his switch to Mumbai before the 2020 season, where he was excellent with the new ball, taking 25 wickets and helping Mumbai win the title for the 5th time in 13 years. The left-armer has been retained by Mumbai for the 2021 season and still has plenty of years in the tank to torment the batters.
Over the last few years, Boult has been a rather silent assassin as his numbers have been phenomenal but you would not see him in the limelight at all. That's probably a typical Kiwi trait in cricket, which is to be unassuming and remain behind the scenes. Boult has taken close to 300 Test wickets and currently occupies the fourth spot on New Zealand's list of all-time highest wicket takers in Tests behind Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee.
Boult was again magnificent in the 2019 World Cup, leading New Zealand's bowling attack and taking 17 wickets. He took a hat-trick against Australia and the key wicket of Virat Kohli in the semi-final win over India. He bowled the last over and the Super Over in the tied final against England. If it weren’t for misfortune, he would have, along with his team, won the World Cup for his country for the very first time.
Trent Boult has arguably become New Zealand’s best bowler in all forms of cricket. Over the course of the last 10 years, he has been a great performer for New Zealand and world cricket.
The following list includes some high points in Boult’s international cricket career:
Trent Boult has played for 4 IPL franchises so far. He started his career in 2015 with Hyderabad, before moving to Kolkata in 2017. He then switched to Delhi for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He was picked by Mumbai before the 2020 IPL auction and has been retained by the team for the 2021 season.
Trent Boult and Tim Southee have proved the old-age saying “Pace bowlers hunt in pairs” to be true by giving stupendous performances for New Zealand over the years. Southee attributes their on-field success to their “deep friendship and bond.” They have played a lot of cricket together right from junior (U-19 World Cup in 2008) and domestic levels to the international level currently.
Trent Boult is 5 feet and 11 inches tall. His height and left-arm sling action make him a dangerous bowler irrespective of the conditions.
Trent Boult has taken 2 ODI hat-tricks so far in his career. The first one was against Pakistan in the first ODI of the series played at Abu Dhabi on 7 November 2018. In the third over of the innings, he clean-bowled Fakhar Zaman with the second delivery and had Babar Azam caught and Mohammad Hafeez trapped lbw in the next two balls. Boult’s second hat-trick came in the 2019 World Cup match against Australia at Lord's on June 29. In the last over of Australia's innings, he had Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Starc bowled and Jason Behrendorff trapped lbw.
Boult joined the Mumbai team before the 2020 season. He was a phenomenal success for the team in that season, taking 25 wickets and helping the team win their 5th title in 13 years. He continued playing for Mumbai in the 2021 season before it was suspended due to the second wave of covid-19 in India.