New Zealander Trent Boult has established himself as one of the most accomplished fast bowlers of the current generation in less than a decade. He has been exceptional in both Test matches and ODIs and despite his relatively short stature, Boult is deceptively quick, as several batsmen have found out the hard way.
New Zealand, Northern Districts, New Zealand A, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, New Zealand Under-19, Sunrisers Hyderabad, New Zealanders, Toronto Nationals
Batting Career Summary
Bowling Career Summary
Boult played his first Test match against Australia at Hobart in December 2011. He took 4/80 in the match. His 3/29 helped bowl out Australia for 136 in their first innings in response to New Zealand’s score of 150. New Zealand made 226 in their second knock. Chasing a target of 240, Australia were bowled out for 233, giving New Zealand a thrilling win by seven runs. In November 2012, playing against Sri Lanka at Colombo, Boult had figures of 4/42 and 3/33 in two Sri Lankan innings to help New Zealand achieve a victory. He got 10 wickets in a match against the West Indies at Wellington in December 2013 to help New Zealand win by an innings and 73 runs. Against England at Auckland in December 2018, Boult took 6/32 to send the visitors crashing to 58 all out. Though England had a better outing of 320 runs in their second knock, they could not prevent New Zealand from winning by an innings and 49 runs. Boult who took 3/67 in England’s second innings was named Man of the Match. Boult last appeared in a Test match in February 2020 against India at Christchurch. His figures of 2/89 and 4/28 ensured a seven-wicket win for New Zealand. In 67 Test matches, Boult has scored 654 runs at an average of 15.20 with his top score of 52 not out. He has also taken 267 wickets at 27.65 with the best bowling figures of 6/30.
Boult played his first ODI against the West Indies at Basseterre in July 2012. He took 2/45 to help his side win by 88 runs. Batting first, New Zealand made 249/9. In reply, the West Indies could score only 161 before being bowled out in 34.3 overs. His 4/44 against Sri Lanka at Dunedin in January 2015 paved the way for a famous win accomplished by New Zealand. In the group stage of the ODI World Cup 2015, Boult’s 5/27 helped New Zealand beat traditional rivals Australia at Auckland. Batting first, the Aussies were bowled out for 151. New Zealand chased down the target with one wicket to spare and Boult was named Man of the Match for his winning effort. During that World Cup, Boult had many other match-winning performances, including 2/64 against Sri Lanka at Christchurch, 2/21 against Scotland at Dunedin, 3/34 against Afghanistan at Napier and 2/56 against Bangladesh at Hamilton. In the quarterfinals, he took 4/44 against the West Indies at Wellington, to earn New Zealand a berth in the semi-finals where he had another match-winning haul of 2/53 against South Africa at Auckland. He got his best figures of 7/34 against the West Indies at Christchurch in December 2017. He was named Man of the Match after New Zealand had registered a 204-run victory. Another Man of the Match award came Boult’s way when he took 5/17 against Pakistan at Dunedin in January 2018, in a match that New Zealand won by 183 runs. Against India at Hamilton in January 2019, Boult grabbed 5/21 to send the visitors crashing to 92 all out. The last ODI match Boult played against Australia at Sydney in March 2020, was won by Australia by 71 runs. In 90 ODI matches, Boult has scored 159 runs at an average of 9.35 with the top score of 21 not out. He has also taken 164 wickets at 25.29 with the best bowling figures of 7/34.
Boult took 2/40 in his first T20I match, including the wickets of Bairstow and Broad, against England at Auckland in February 2013, in a match that England won by 40 runs. Chasing a target of 215 to win, the Kiwis ended up with a score of 174/9. Against Sri Lanka at Chattogram in the World T20 in March 2014, he grabbed 3/20 to send Sri Lanka crashing for a score of 119. Unfortunately, New Zealand also collapsed to be 60 all out. His 4/34 against India at Rajkot was his finest bowling performance in T20 internationals. Sri Lanka batted first and scored 196/2. Boult’s brilliant bowling helped bowl the Indians out cheaply for 156. Boult made his last appearance in a T20 International match against England at Auckland in November 2019. In 27 T20I matches, Boult has scored 22 runs at an average of 4.40 with his top score of 8. He has also taken 39 wickets at 21.89 with the best bowling figures of 4/34.
After a brilliant performance in the 2015 ODI World Cup, where he took the most wickets for the finalists New Zealand, Boult was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad, the team he represented in the IPL seasons 2015 and 2016. In the auction for the 2016 IPL, Boult was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders and changed hands again playing for Delhi Capitals in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Ahead of the IPL 2020 season he was bought by the Mumbai Indians. His best IPL season came in 2018 when he took 18 wickets from 14 matches with an economy rate of 8.84 and a strike rate of 17.55. Though Boult was a member of the title-winning Sunrisers Hyderabad squad in the 2016 season, that year he played just one match in which he took 1/39 at an economy rate of 9.75. However, Boult achieved his best bowling figures of 3/19 while playing for Sunrisers in 2015 in an away match against Kings XI Punjab. Batting first, Sunrisers scored 150/6. In reply, KXIP could manage only 130/9 in their allotted overs. Boult’s match-winning performance had him named Man of the Match. Overall, Bout has played 33 IPL matches and taken 38 wickets at an average of 29.47 with the best bowling figures of 3/19 and an economy rate of 8.78.