One of the top speed bowlers in contemporary cricket is Trent Boult, a fast bowler from New Zealand. Boult made headlines last year when he decided not to sign with New Zealand’s central contract list and joined the team as an independent player. Since then, Boult has participated in a number of T20 leagues. His most recent appearance was in the DP World International League T20 in the United Arab Emirates, where he played for the MI Emirates, a team affiliated with the Mumbai Indians of the Indian Premier League.
The MI Emirates team advanced to the tournament’s playoff round before losing to Gujarat Giants in the second playoff game in Dubai. Regardless, the Emirates had a strong tournament, and Boult was an important player for the team the entire time. It was a challenge, according to Boult, to enter the competition not knowing what his position would be in the first ILT20, the UAE’s own T20 league.
With Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran, two of the format’s most potent batters, on Boult’s team, the team was loaded with power. However, when we asked the New Zealand fast who was the toughest hitter he faced, Boult identified two players, one of whom was an Indian; surprise, it wasn’t Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma, but KL Rahul.