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IPL 2019: Trent Boult disappointed for not getting much opportunities ahead of World Cup

Despite, young Kagiso Rabada overshadowing Trent Boult, the latter picked up 4 wickets in 4 matches.

Trent Boult
Trent Boult. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

While some of the overseas players have done well in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, there are also others who had a disappointing outing. New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult is one among them. The bowler, who is expected to deliver for the Black Caps in the upcoming ICC World Cup, has expressed disappointment over the fact that he did not get much of a chance in the IPL ahead of the mega event. Boult played just three games for Delhi Capitals (DC) this year, taking as many wickets at an average of 35.33.

Boult was Delhi’s top bowler last year, missed out this year

DC was set to lock horns with SRH in the eliminator of the tournament in Vishakhapatnam on Wednesday and Boult was looking forward to playing the vital clash and prove a point. Last year, Boult had a fantastic run in the IPL, taking 18 wickets from 14 games at an average of below 26 for the same franchise (called Daredevils then). The 29-year-old, however, said that it was all about being patient during the league stage as Kagiso Rabada was the preferred spearhead.

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The young South African is still the highest wicket-taker in the tournament even though he had withdrawn from the competition because of an injury. Boult returned to the side in the match against CSK on May 1 replacing Rabada but could not do much. He had played the DC’s first game against Mumbai Indians on March 24 but sat out thereafter. He took two wickets in the last match he played against Rajasthan Royals at home on May 4.

“Was looking to be physically fit and in the right head space to be prepared when I do get an opportunity. Had been working out in the gym and looked to find a purpose at training,” Outlook quoted Boult as saying.

“The conditions are tough, and I looked to be ready for my chance. We got a squad which has the required balance and we have played consistent cricket. Have been a bit disappointed having not played too many games myself, but then the boys have done really well.”

When asked about his thoughts given he was the not the first-choice overseas player for the DC despite his rich exploits last year, Boult said the IPL is a unique tournament and such things keep on happening.

Boult’s opening bowling partner Tim Southee, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore this year, also did not have many games.

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