Playing in front of huge crowds in IPL much more exciting than the money: Trent Boult

Trent Boult
Trent Boult of New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

IPL Auctions always tend to change the life of some cricketers forever and in yesterday’s auction in Bengaluru, it was no different. Although some of the good T20 cricketers remained unsold, some got their fair shares and some bagged some whopping contracts which have changed their life forever. New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult was among this list who bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for a huge sum of Rs. 5 crores.

The first thing which the left-arm fast bowler did after bagging the contract was to take his bowling partner Tim Southee for a coffee which an overnight millionaire usually does. Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo Boult said that he won’t be playing for the fat paycheck but for the experience one gains after playing in the IPL.


“I’m not going for the money. The experience of playing there in front of thousands of people is the most exciting part. I’m looking forward to rubbing shoulders with a few more international players and growing my game,” Boult was quoted as saying.

The left-arm seamer played just a solitary game for the Sunrisers Hyderabad last year and felt frustrated at missing out on an opportunity to the quota of 4 overseas players in the tournament. He further added that he is looking forward to giving his best for KKR this season and is more confident than before with the white ball in hand.

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Speaking about how he felt when the bidding was going on, Boult said that it was an unreal experience and it hadn’t yet sunk in. “We were in a car with a couple of the lads following the Twitter feed. To see the name come through with a figure like that next to it was pretty unbelievable. It’s bizarre how that much money can be put on the head of a player to play six or seven weeks,” said Boult.