Trent Boult, the talented Kiwi pacer, is one of the finest swing bowlers in world cricket right now.
Though, Trent doesn’t have the typical physique of a fast bowler, but swings the ball both ways and is a superb athlete on the field.
So today, we look at 10 interesting things to know about this talented Kiwi fast bowler.
Trent Boult: 10 Mind Stupefeying Facts
1) Brothers bonded by cricket
Trent Boult, born in Rotorua, New Zealand, and affiliates to the Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, and Ngāi Te Rangi iwi.
Trent is the younger brother of Jono Boult who played as an all-rounder for Northern Districts.
Coincidentally, while Trent is a right-handed batsman and a left-arm bowler, Jono is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm bowler.
2) Cricketing inspirations
Being a left-arm pacer, Trent was naturally fond of the great Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram.
Also, in an interview, Trent cited South African pacer Dale Steyn as one of his favorites.
3) 2008 U-19 World Cup: Part of an elite squad
In the 2008 U-19 World Cup, emerged an impressive bunch of future international cricketers like Josh Hazlewood, Steven Smith, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, and many others.
Like these famous cricketers, Trent Boult also played for New Zealand in this U-19 World Cup.
4) An impressive international debut:
In 2011, Boult made an impressive international Test debut against Australia at Hobart
Boult took 3-2 in the first innings, 1-51 in the second innings, and scored 21 crucial runs in the second innings to help New Zealand beat Australia for the first time in a test match since 1993.
5) A lethal opening partnership
Trent Boult, along with Tim Southee, formed one of the most lethal bowling partnerships in test match cricket.
Both are superb with the new ball, and so, even the great Sir Richard Hadlee believes that they are the best new-ball pair in New Zealand’s cricket history.
6) A superb fielder
Despite being a fast bowler, Trent is also a superb fielder and an amazing athlete both on and off the field
He is one of the best fielders in the Kiwi team along with Williamson and Guptill, having 89 international catches to his name
7) World Cup’s star
Along with Mitchell Starc, Boult was the joint highest wicket-taker in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Both Mitchell Starc and Boult ended with 22 wickets, but Starc had a better bowling average.
Also, in the 2019 World Cup, Boult was the second-highest wicket-taker for the Kiwis with 17 scalps.
8) An Effective No.11
While Boult may not be known for his batting talent, he has proven that he is a good enough No. 11 batsman.
His match-winning 127 run partnership with BJ Watling against Bangladesh in 2013, scoring his maiden test half-century, proves that he is a capable batsman.
With 42 not outs in tests, he has a healthy 15.61 test batting average
9) Special records
- He is the leading wicket-taker for NZ in the ODI World Cups (39)
- After Mitchell Starc ( 77 innings ) and Saqlain Mushtaq ( 78 innings ), Boult is the 3rd fastest to 150 wickets in ODI cricket ( 81 innings )
- He is also the 2nd fastest to 200 Test wickets for New Zealand after Sir Richard Hadlee.
10) Ipl Career
Along with a successful international career, Boult has also received a lot of success in the IPL.
Boult has played for successful IPL franchises like KKR, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Mumbai Indians.
In his 62 IPL matches, he has managed to pick 76 wickets at a strike rate of 18.64