Trent Boult, New Zealand bowler, World Cup 2019 player full profile: Adept and astute, Kiwi pacer can match 2015 heroics

The thing that makes Boult stand out is his late release point and good wrist control that means that he can bowl both a yorker or a bouncer without signalling to the batsman with a significant change in release.

Michael Wagener, Apr 19, 2019 13:30:24 IST

When Trent Boult is running in to the wicket, it is not hard to imagine him as an Olympic sprinter. He approaches the crease like a leopard approaching his prey, but rather than delivering the ball with the pace and fury that his run up would suggest, it’s his subtlety and control that causes the most problems for the batsmen.

Like a lot of left-arm pace bowlers, his primary variation is the contrast between a ball that angles across the right-handed batsman and one that swings back in. But the thing that makes Boult stand out is his late release point and good wrist control that means that he can bowl both a yorker or a bouncer without signalling to the batsman with a significant change in release. That results in batsmen getting hurried up by deliveries that are 5km/h slower than deliveries that they can play comfortably from other bowlers.

Boult has become one of the best all-format pace bowlers in the world, excelling with the new ball in Tests, one-day internationals and T20s. He’s part of the Northern Districts production line of quality pace bowlers, having been born and played all his domestic cricket there. Initially he was considered a Test specialist but was picked ahead of Kyle Mills for the last World Cup, and certainly took his opportunity, taking 22 wickets at an average of 16.86.

Since then he has established himself as one of the world’s premier opening bowlers, being consistently ranked in the top 10 (and normally in the top 3) by the ICC ever since the World Cup semi-final. He has picked up roughly 2 wickets per match, averaging less than 25 runs each.

His athleticism has also seen him become one of the best outfielders in the game. His highlight reel of catches, be they at gully, mid-wicket or on the boundary makes for spectacular watching. He also currently holds the world record for most sixes hit while batting at number 11 in both Tests and is tied for the most in ODIs, although his teammates probably hope that he does not get an opportunity to claim that by himself during this World Cup.

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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 19:31:58 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254