Happy birthday Trent Boult: A look at his achievements
New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult turned 30 today. The swing master has established himself as one of the leading pacers in modern day cricket, across all formats. With great variety, swing and pace, Boult is one of a kind. A leader for the Black Caps, here we look at some unknown facts, achievements and records of Boult.
CWC: Boult left his mark in both 2015 and 2019
Boult has been a genuine match-winner for the Kiwis in ICC World Cups. In 2015, he helped them reach the final and was the joint-highest wicket-taker alongside Mitchell Starc (22). In the recently concluded 2019 World Cup, he ended up with 17 scalps. He was the second highest wicket-taker for the Kiwis after Lockie Ferguson (21).
Boult the leading wicket-taker for NZ in World Cups
Boult has 39 career World Cup wickets and is the leading wicket-taker for the Black Caps in World Cups. He also surpassed legend Allan Donald recently in terms of career World Cup scalps (38).
Boult a true ODI great and has these special feats
Boult is the seventh highest wicket-taker for New Zealand in ODI cricket (164). He recently surpassed former Kiwi legend Richard Hadlee (158). The left-arm pacer is the third fastest to 150 wickets in ODI cricket. He achieved the feat in 81 innings. Only Mitchell Starc (77) and Saqlain Mushtaq (78) are ahead of Boult.
Boult second fastest to 200 Test wickets for NZ
Boult is also the third highest wicket-taker for New Zealand in Test cricket (246). He averages 27.54 with an economy-rate of 2.99. Boult is the second fastest to 200 Test wickets for New Zealand after Hadlee. He achieved the feat in his 52nd Test match. The pacer has a total of 447 international wickets across formats for the Kiwis.
Interesting facts about Boult
Boult is the younger brother of Jono Boult. His elder brother plays for domestic side Northern Districts and is a spin all-rounder. Boult, who bowls with his left arm and bats with the right, is opposite of Jono, who bowls right-arm and bats left-handed. He featured in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. The same tournament produced stars like Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.
Some interesting facts about the Kiwi sensation
He made his Test debut in 2011 against Australia and had a strong outing in Hobart. He had figures of 3/29 and 1/51, besides scoring 21 runs in the second innings. His efforts saw NZ beat Australia in a Test match for the first time since 1993. His all-time favorite cricketer is former Pakistani great and left-arm fast bowler Wasim Akram.