On October 31, 2021, New Zealand will face the Indian team in their 2nd Super 12 encounter of the 2021 T20 World Cup. This matchup will be commenced at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, And according to New Zealand experienced cricketer Ross Taylor, Trent Boult wants to do what Shaheen Shah Afridi did versus India on 24 October 2021 and set the standard for the Zealanders with the ball carrying. Taylor also stated that Boult will be important for the Black Caps in their match versus Virat Kohli and his team.
“Trent Boult would love to set the tone for New Zealand just like Shaheen Shah Afridi did for Pakistan a few days ago. Boult will be crucial for New Zealand and Kane Williamson will be banking on him to get the early breakthroughs if they bowl first,” said Ross Taylor.
Taylor also stated that Boult suffered with the new ball early on when playing for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. “We have seen in the IPL that Boult has struggled upfront for Mumbai Indians. He has not got as many wickets, but his first couple of overs with the new ball will be crucial for New Zealand,” said Taylor.
The way Shaheen bowled the other night is was amazing: Trent Boult
Sunil Gavaskar believes Trent is a superb bowler in all formats of the game and advises India to be cautious of the left-arm pace bowler in the initial few overs.
“Trent Boult is a great bowler in all the formats of the game. India will have to watch out for the first couple of overs. There’s no doubt that Boult will be looking to replicate what Shaheen did last week,” said Gavaskar.
Trent was also impressed by Shaheen Afridi’s bowling performance against the Indians. Boult also stated that the Indian batting order is strong, and he closed by saying that he aspires to bowl like Shaheen Afridi.
“The way Shaheen bowled the other night was, for a left-armer, I thought it was amazing. There’s quality batsmen in that Indian line-up and early wickets are definitely the focus for us as a bowling group. Hopefully, from my point of view, it swings around a little bit and I can mirror what Shaheen did the other night,” said Trent Boult.