Trent Boult, New Zealand’s left-arm fast bowler who was bought by the Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2020, has backed world-class pacer teammate of MI Jasprit Bumrah to bounce into his usual form in the forthcoming games.
Jasprit Bumrah went for 11 runs in the penultimate over of Chennai Super Kings chase on Saturday and conceded a total of 43 runs in his 4-over quota and bagged a single wicket in the IPL 2020 opener.
Trent Boult Expects Jasprit Bumrah To Bounce Back Shortly
Jasprit Bumrah has 83 wickets in 79 matches while Trent Boult has 39 wickets from 35 matches so far in IPL.
“He (Bumrah) is a world class bowler, he is trying very hard over the last couple of days to find rhythm. I am 100 per cent sure he will be on the mark in the coming games. He is a big player for us and a very important bowler and I am sure he will bounce back very nicely,” Boult said in a Mumbai Indians press release.
Trent Boult who was a part of New Zealand’s two-time World Cup finalist side in 2015 and 2019, is excited to form a successful partnership with his Indian counterpart Jasprit Bumrah in the IPL 2020 season.
“Yes the opportunity to bowl with Bumrah and the other guys in the bowling attack is very exciting and a good opportunity to learn. And yes Bumrah is a guy, who is very experienced and he has got some amazing skills and I’m really looking forward to hopefully having some success with him,” he added.
Trent Boult produced figures of 1/23 off 3.2 overs in the opener against MS Dhoni’s CSK as Mumbai Indians failed to defend their total of 162/9.
“I think from my point of view personally, coming off from a big winter in New Zealand with lockdowns and isolations, I haven’t played cricket in probably six months, so I was pretty happy with the way I came out. Conditions are a lot different to what I face back home, with the heat and humidity here,” Boult further said.
“But we were a couple of (few) runs short in terms of our total to defend. We need to tighten up a couple of small areas with accuracy and execution and that’s what we will look to do in the next couple of games,” he said.
Chennai Super Kings needed only a few runs off the last over to win the game and Trent Boult conceded 2 back to back boundaries in the first couple of deliveries as CSK won by 5 wickets with 4 balls to spare.
Trent Boult Admits Biggest Challenge Is To Bowl To Set Batsmen In Death Overs
The 31-year-old pacer has admitted that bowling in death overs is indeed the most challenging part of the 20-over each side format. Faf Du Plessis scored an unbeaten 58 while Ambati Rayudu, MOM top scored with 71.
“It is the biggest challenge in the game to be honest. It is very difficult to come in and bowl the last couple of overs against batsmen who are set. (Faf) Du Plessis was set the other night (against CSK) on 50 or 60 runs and when guys are hitting from that platform, it is very hard to defend,” he said.
“But personally I want to try and stick to my strength, try and execute yorkers and take pace off it and just try and be ahead of the batsmen,” he added.
Mumbai Indians are all set to feature in their 2nd IPL 2020 fixture on Wednesday, September 23, as they meet Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi.