Trent Boult is an international cricketer from New Zealand who usually plays as a left-arm fast-medium opening bowler and a right-handed batsman. What’s amazing is that he was also regarded as one of the best ODI bowlers in cricket history.
Here is the current ICC ODI Bowler ranking:
|1||Trent Boult||New Zealand||727|
|3||Mujeeb Ur Rahman||Afghanistan||701|
|4||Kagiso Rabada||South Africa||674|
During Boult’s first Test, he took four wickets and helped New Zealand to win the match for the first time since 1985. At the early years of his career, his skills were noticed as he picked up wickets against India, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and England.
One of his best moments is during the second Test against West Indies at Basin Reserve where he took his first 10-wicket haul. It was also when he received his first Man of the Match award.
He also took 10 wickets in the two games against India wherein the squad won a solid 1-0. Because of his performance on the field, he was named for the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. Boult grabbed this opportunity and scored four wickets in two matches.
Unlike most bowlers, Boult has the ability to switch between the three formats effortlessly. So, how fast does Trent bowl? With an average speed of 129kph, he definitely has the speed to take those wickets!
Here are some of the interesting facts about Trent Boult:
- Boult is the younger brother of Jono Boult who also plays for the Northern Districts
- Boult was a part of the golden batch of young cricketers who played during the Under-19 World Cup in 2008
- Boult and Southee’s partnership is regarded as one of the most successful new-ball partners in the cricket scene
- Boult is also known as one of the best catchers of New Zealand along with Kane Williamson
- As a left-arm pacer, his all-time favourite cricketer is Wasim Akram followed by Dale Steyn
- He was actually considered as the World Cup hero of New Zealand in 2015 for being the sole leading wicket-taker of the tournament. He also had a bowling average of 16.86 during that time.
- One of his most memorable ODI moments is a match against Australia at Auckland. He was able to take a total of 27 wickets. Australia fought hard and reduced the scores to 146 for nine. It was actually a nerve-wracking moment for the bowler. The match ended with New Zealand winning by one wicket.
- Boult joined the Sunrisers Hyderabad for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 season for a whopping $600,000 auction fee. Two years later, he was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders.
What’s amazing is that ODIs are not even Boult’s strongest suit. He took a total of 246 wickets in Tests and 150 in ODIs. In fact, only Test specialists have taken more wickets than him. With his versatility and outstanding skills, he deserves to be recognized as the best ODI bowler.