IPL 2020: Trent Boult has collected 22 wickets for Mumbai Indians this season.© BCCI / IPL
Trent Boult has been a key figure in the Mumbai Indians’ bowling wheel and skipper Rohit Sharma has no hesitation in saying that the New Zealand pacemaker is the “best new ball bowler” right now. Rohit’s comment comes ahead of the 2020 Indian Premier League final between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals at the Dubai International Stadium later today. Boult was the standout performer for Delhi in the IPL 2018. The left arm fast bowler scalped 18 wickets from 14 games as the Delhi-based franchise finished last in the showpiece.
Pacer Boult didn’t play many games in IPL 2019 and was traded to Mumbai Indians prior to the IPL auction last November.
Rohit said Boult’s inclusion has been the icing on the cake for Mumbai Indians as he can swing the new ball.
“We wanted someone who could give us those breakthroughs in the power play and when we got Trent Boult that was the icing on the cake. He’s the best new ball bowler out there. We also have Bumrah, he can bowl quality balls. anytime, ”Rohit said in a video posted to Mumbai Indians’ Twitter.
“But Boult is swinging the new ball for us and that is very crucial for us. And he did very well in the tournament,” he added.
This move by Delhi Capitals has come back to haunt them as the Kiwi pacer has become a major cog in Mumbai Indians’ bowling wheel after wreaking havoc on a number of occasions, the last being qualifying 1 against Delhi.
Boult, who has picked 22 wickets in the 13th edition of IPL, dismantled the Delhi-based franchise’s top order in Qualifier 1 and picked two wickets in the very first over.
Mumbai Indians have won the IPL four times (2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019). On the other hand, it is the first time that Delhi Capitals has made its way to the final of the tournament.
Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals had finished in the top two places respectively in the competition phase of the IPL.
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