IPL 2020: The 13th edition of the IPL in the UAE is just round the corner, and it presents a number of problems for the franchises. New Zealand and Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer Trent Boult identifies the most important one.
Set to steer up the bowling attack of four-time IPL champions MI in absence of Malinga, the Kiwi pacer believes the most important challenge for all the franchises in the IPL will be to regulate the hot and humid conditions of the UAE.
In his first stint with the Mumbai-based franchise after being terminated by Delhi Capitals last year, Trent Boult will need to share most of the responsibility of the team’s bowling attack after Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga opted to pull out from this year’s IPL due to personal reasons.
Speaking about his new team, Boult said it is always a sigh of relief for any bowler to get on the opposite side of a heavyweight team like the Mumbai Indians.
“The biggest challenge personally for me will be to play in 45 degrees in the middle of a desert because I come from a small country which is about 7, or 8 degrees at most throughout the year. I have played for a few other franchises as well, but I am super excited to be part of this Mumbai Indians squad. Speaking from experience, I have played against MI a couple of times. They are a very good side and the most successful IPL team for a reason, so it is nice to get on the opposite end of it and be a part of such an amazing group of cricketers.”
Having already played some amount of cricket in the Gulf nation, Boult believes MI have the firepower in their bowling unit to outwit any opposition in the tournament.
“I hope to take many wickets and if good wickets are on the table, then it is about being clear with what we try as a bowling unit. If the bowlers deliver the ball where we would actually like to, then I feel we got to have a great chance to outperform any opposition”, the left-arm pacer said. Defending champs Mumbai Indians face last year’s runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the Dream11 IPL 2020 opener on the 19th of September in Abu Dhabi.