The team New Zealand is embarking on its World Cup 2023 Campaign against the defending champion England on 5th October in the inaugural match of the World Cup campaign. It’s not a hidden fact from anyone that some of the key players are currently recovering or just recovered from injuries, it will be a bit problematic for team New Zealand against the in-form England cricket team.
If there is one player to look out for meticulously in Team New Zealand, it’s Trent Boult. Widely acknowledged as one of the best pacers New Zealand has ever produced, Trent Boult is the ace of Spade for the New Zealand cricket team in the ongoing World Cup campaign. Apart from Kane Williamson, he is the only player in the team who has experience of playing in two consecutive world cups: 2015 and 2019 respectively.
However, experience is not the only noteworthy factor here. What sets Trent Boult apart from the rest of the New Zealand players is his incisive ability to swing the new ball both ways and grab the early success that every team covets to aim and achieve. Not only swinging the ball to a great extent but also Trent Boult can generate fear among batsmen by using his lethal pace and to the T line and length. His gigantic experience, new ball-swinging ability, and fear-inducing pace can destroy the most powerful batting lineup in no time.
In the domain of pace bowling, left-arm pacers are rare to find and Trent Boult is one of them along with Mitchell Starc in the current generation. Trent Boult has one of the best percentages with new ball when it comes to early breakthroughs which is a cherry on the cake news for the New Zealand Team. To know accurately how good Trent Boult is with the new ball, we need to hop on to statistical data of his last few years performances.
Trent Boult Position Wise Wicket Taking Analysis
If we consider the historical data of the past 10 years (2012-2022), In 52 Matches, Trent Boult has dismissed the 1st position Batsam 202 times with an astounding average of 26.7. The greatness of New Zealand’s trump card doesn’t end here. During the same span, he had dismissed the 2nd position batsman 114 times which is indeed extraordinary by any means.
His economy rate, average, and dot ball percentage (60%) are beyond outstanding and sufficient enough to spark trembling waves among the best opening batsmen in the world. The Trent Boult dominance continues till position number 4. In the last 10 innings of ODI cricket, he has dismissed 3rd position Batsman 5 times with a remarkable economy rate of 3.38 and a jaw-dropping dot ball percentage of 75.5%. It only shows one thing that, let alone taking wickets, Trent Boult wants batsmen to struggle profoundly even when it comes to taking singles and doubles.
Undeniably, Trent Boult is the ace of spade, the trump card, or you can say Mr. Dependable of the New Zealand cricket team. If the New Zealand cricket team is actually thinking about storming to the finals or winning the Maiden World Cup, Trent Boult’s miraculous performances will be a major factor in that.
If Trent Boult continues to rattle the top batting order early and keep the run rate in check along with the support of Lockie Ferguson, the New Zealand cricket team can put immense pressure on the opponents in the beginning and snatch victories one at a time.