New Zealand pacer and MI spearhead Trent Boult talked about the challenging heat in UAE where he has to adapt the conditions as soon as possible as there will be a huge responsibility on his shoulder to lead the MI pace attack along with experienced campaigners like Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah.
“The biggest challenge so far has been trying to prepare to come to 45 degrees in the middle of the desert. I come from a small country of New Zealand which is currently at seven or eight degrees in the middle of the winter,” Boult said in a video posted by Mumbai Indians on their official Twitter handle.
“I have played for a couple of other franchises and I am very excited to be part of this Mumbai family. I have played against Mumbai a few times and that intimidation, there’s a big challenge when you come up against this particular side. It is going to be on the other side of it and be a part of such a cool group,” he added.
However, the veteran pacer is assured that despite he had little experience of playing in UAE for Black Caps but being in UAE will help him to read the conditions well and bowl according to specific plans which will be good for him individually as well as for franchise.
“I have played a little bit of cricket here, I am aware that conditions can change quite drastically depending on the time of the year. I am hoping for good wickets really and we if are clear on our plans, we have the arsenal to outperform any opposition,” the Kiwi pacer said.
“I am very excited to be part of this bowling pack, there is a lot of diversity in this group, we have bowlers who have performed right throughout the world,” he added.
Boult who made his international debut for Black Caps in 2011 in both Test and ODI format. His best performance came in 2015 cricket World Cup where he was the joint leading wicket-taker. In November 2018, he achieved a new feat by becoming the third player to take a hat-trick in ODIs. He repeated the same feat in 2019 World Cup after taking Hat-trick. He has represented New Zealand in 67 Test Matches till now and has clinched 267 wickets till date.
Mumbai Indians is all set to lock horns against Chennai Super Kings in the first match of IPL 2020 on 19th September 2020 in Abu Dhabi.