The Delhi Capitals have decided to trade the New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult to Mumbai Indians.
Earlier, there were speculations that Boult might be traded to Kings XI Punjab in exchange for Ravichandran Ashwin, but that deal didn’t materialize eventually.
Although Delhi Capitals roped in Ashwin, they didn’t trade Boult to Punjab. The deal equated to 1.5 Crore INR plus the left arm spinner Jagdeesh Suchith.
Boult, although he is a big name in international cricket, wasn’t a regular feature in Delhi’s playing XI last season.
Kagiso Rabada was Delhi’s first choice overseas fast bowler and it was only in a few games that the management picked Boult.
Boult’s strength is to swing the ball back into the right-handers early on and in India, the conditions don’t favour him much. Even when he was a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad, he wasn’t picked regularly.
Mumbai Indians, however, is a franchise which always picks players with a certain plan. So if they have decided to include Boult in their squad, they probably see a role for him in the playing XI.
Mumbai already have a left arm fast bowler in the form of Jason Behrendorff, but he is likely be Boult’s understudy next season.
In another development, the young Indian fast bowler Ankit Rajpoot has also been traded to Rajasthan Royals. Ankit has been a promising prospect for Kings XI Punjab, but the new management are probably looking at other options.
Rajasthan will be benefitted hugely by the arrival of Ankit as they would have an Indian speedster to partner the two overseas fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Oshane Thomas.
Ankit is a tall seam bowler who bowls at a lively pace and has this ability to hit the surface and extract lateral movement. The 25-year old has played 23 IPL matches so far.