Mumbai Indians are the four-time defending champions of IPL 2020. Jasprit Bumrah finished as their highest wicket-taker last season.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) are looking to become only the second team in IPL history, after Chennai Super Kings (CSK), to successfully defend their crown. The four-time champions would be under severe pressure from other former champions, while a couple of uncrowned champions are also the dark horses of the tournament this term.
Consequently, MI's preparations are going on in full swing, as along with their batsmen, the bowlers too are leaving no stones unturned, who are sweating it out in the hot and humid conditions of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Meanwhile, one of their bowlers did something incredible during the recent net practice session.
New Zealand pacer Tent Boult, who is one of the top-most pacers in the world, has a knack of bowling onto the stumps. As he was practising, bowling at empty stumps, he displayed his fine talent, along with sheer pace, as one of his deliveries not just crashed the middle stump, but also rattled it in half.
While bowlers usually don't bowl with their full pace at nets, this displays Boult's raw power, as this could surely spell bad news for the batsmen of the other teams, who should better do their homework against the Kiwi.
Watch the video here:
Boult, as a bowler
Boult is generally a left-arm medium-fast seam bowler, who, despite being short in height, can swing the ball both ways. He is ideally known to be lethal against the right-handers with his traditional in-swinging deliveries, as he was inspired by former Pakistan spearhead Wasim Akram. Besides, he is also famous for taking one-handed catches.
Some records held by Boult:
- He finished as the joint-most wicket-taker during the 2015 ICC World Cup.
- He became the third New Zealand bowler to claim an ODI hat-trick, in November 2018.
- He was also the first Kiwi bowler to claim a hat-trick in the ICC World Cup, in 2019.
- In 2014, he became the fourth Kiwi bowler to claim more than 30 consecutive Test wickets.
- He is also the fourth bowler from the nation to claim 250 Test victims.
Last Updated 13, Sep 2020, 2:29 PM