Trent Boult: The Lightning
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 turned out to be one of Kane Williamson’s key players, helping New Zealand beat India in the World Test Championship final last year. He ended the match with 5 wickets, thus helping the Kiwis win the first-ever World Test Championship trophy. Boult was on target yet again, finishing as the joint second leading wicket taker in the UAE as his team finished as the runners up in the 2021 T20 World Cup.
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 Team arsenal.
Boult has participated in the Indian T20 League since 2015, when he was bought by the Hyderabad franchise. In spite of initial struggles, he found his home in Mumbai, playing two seasons there and winning the 2020 title with them. With the new rules coming in, he was released by the franchise ahead of the mega auction 2022. After fierce bidding between three sides, it was the Rajasthan team that bought Boult for ₹8 crores.
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Trent Boult Personal Details
- Trent Boult
- Date of Birth
- 22nd July 1989
- Bowling Style
- Left-arm fast
- Playing Role
- Opening bowler
- Teams Played For
- New Zealand, Northern Districts, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Toronto
Trent Boult Current Rankings
Trent Boult Career Summary
- 6/30 vs. SL
- 7/34 vs. WI
- 4/34 vs. Ind
Trent Boult - Key Skills and Strengths
Boult’s left arm bowling action has yielded him much success throughout his career. He took his time to improve himself physically, conditioned his body well and got ready for the big stage. Due to his ability to swing the ball both ways at pace, Boult enhanced his reputation as one of world cricket's exciting new ball bowlers in all forms of the game.
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 was magnificent in the 2019 World Cup, leading New Zealand's bowling attack and taking 17 wickets. He bowled the last over and the Super Over in the tied final against England. If it weren’t for misfortune, he would have won the World Cup for his country for the very first time.
Trent Boult Awards and Achievements
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:
Boult is the second bowler to take a 5-wicket haul in a day-night Test match.
He was the joint-highest wicket taker in the 2015 ICC World Cup with 22 wickets.
Currently, he is the ICC World No. 1 bowler in ODIs, a feat that he previously achieved in January 2016.
He was named in the World Test XI in 2015.
He was named in the World ODI XI in 2015.
He was named in the Team of the Tournament for the Cricket World Cup 2015.
He won the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal in 2017.
Trent Boult Indian T20 League Journey
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 Team, 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 Team for the 2021 season but was released ahead of the mega auction in 2022. He will hope to give his former team reasons to regret their decision when he plays in the Rajasthan colors this year.
- Best Figures
- Indian T20 League
- 4/18 vs. Chennai
Trent Boult: FAQs
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 dismissed Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam caught and Mohammad Hafeez in three successive deliveries.
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, Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff sent off back-to-back.
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.