Arguably one of the best new-ball bowlers in the world right now, Trent Alexander Boult is is a left-arm fast bowler who is famous for his ability to swing the ball both ways and being a threat to the top order batsmen. Boult was born on 22 July 1989 in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty and has been one of the most lethal asset for the Kiwi side.
Boult showed the signs of his skills very early in life when he was 17-year old, he got named the fastest secondary school bowler in the country. The next year, he was already representing the country in the Under-19 World Cup. However, he did not make a smooth transition to international cricket.
He suffered a stress fracture of the back that kept him out of cricket for two years. It was because of changing his bowling action, which meant he had to go back to the bowling action that he used as a boy.
Trent Boult, the left-handed swing bowler made his First-Class debut when he was picked for the New Zealand 'A' team for the tour of India in 2007.
After his impressive performance in the 2015 CWC, Trent Boult came on the radar of the IPL franchise's and he was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2015. The SRH side was already stacked with gun bowlers like Dale Steyn, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Karn Sharma and Praveen Kumar, as a result Boult only got to play 7 matches where he performed decently by picking up 9 wickets. He didn't got any opportunity gain in the next season and SRH let him go.
In 2017, the Delhi Capitals (then daredevils) side bought Trent Boult and the 2018 season proved to be Boult’s finest season in IPL thus far. The left-armer picked up 18 wickets from 14 games in 2018. However, after a modest IPL in 2019 where he only played 5 matches, the Kiwi was again let go. The Kiwi left-arm pacer was then bought by Mumbai Indians from Delhi Capitals in 2019 for a price-tag of Rs 3.2 crore, where he joins fellow New Zealand paceman Mitchell McClenaghan.
On 21 January 2009, Boult was selected for the New Zealand squad for the one-day series against Australia at just 19 years of age. Boult only managed to play in the warm-up game against the Prime Minister's XI and went wicketless off seven overs. During the tour, Boult was clocked as the fastest bowler touring with the New Zealand team with the highest speed of 143.3 km/h
He made a comeback into the ODI side for the home series against South Africa in October 2014, but did not feature in the games against Pakistan in UAE. Due to his ability to swing the ball, both ways at pace, the selectors named him in the squad for the 2015 World Cup.
Boult had a tough time breaking into the limited-overs sides at first, due to a perception that he doesn't move the white ball as much as the red one. But his effectiveness in Test cricket was too compelling to ignore: he raced past 100 wickets in his 29th match and in 2013, only two years since his debut, he was New Zealand's top-wicket taker. With Brendon McCullum placing a high premium on attacking cricket in the shorter versions as well and Boult proving himself as a bowler who preferred getting batsmen out rather than keeping them quiet, it was a perfect fit. Confirmation came in World Cup 2015 when he ended up the joint-leading wicket taker with 22 scalps in nine matches including 5 for 27 in an epic victory over Australia.
In the fourth ODI of India's 2018–19 New Zealand tour, Boult claimed his fifth five-wicket haul, the joint-most for a New Zealand bowler alongside Richard Hadlee. He returned figures of 5/21 helping his team dismiss India for their lowest total in ODIs since 2010. New Zealand went on record one of their biggest wins and Boult was named man of the match.
In CWC 2019, Trent Boult played a pivotal role in taking New Zealand to the finals of the tournament. He picked 17 wickets in the 10 matches that he played. However, Boult is remembered for the catch on the cow-corner boundary in the final at Lord’s where Trent Boult after taking the catch steppen on the skirting and allowed Ben Stokes a life at the dying stages of the match. Stokes made the Kiwis pay as the World Cup dream once again got shattered in front of them.
Boult made his Test debut in the 2011–12 season, in the Second Test against Australia in Hobart, in a match won by New Zealand by 7 runs, New Zealand's first test win in Australia since 1985 and their first test win over Australia since 1993. He has had a fairly good start to his career as he has picked up wickets against England, West Indies, India and Sri Lanka. His moment of glory came in the second Test against West Indies at Basin Reserve, where he got his first 10-wicket haul.
Throughout the 2011 and 2012 season, the left-hand pacer continued to churn up impressive performances and became an ideal foil to another young pacer Tim Southee. He carried this good form into 2013 when he took 19 wickets in 5 tests against England, including his second best test match innings bowling figures of 6/68 at Eden Park in March.
In the first-ever day-night test in history, Boult became the first New Zealander and second overall after Josh Hazlewood, to take a five-wicket haul in a day-night test.
In 2018, Boult produced his best figures in Test cricket, taking 6/32 in the First Test against England in Auckland. England were bowled out for 58 in their first innings and New Zealand went on to win the Test by an innings and 49 runs. Boult was named man of the match
Trent Boult made his T20I debut against England on February 9, 2013. He bowled his full quota of four overs and took the wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Stuart Broad. New Zealand's horses for courses approach in the World T20, which earned them a lot of accolades, meant that Boult didn't feature in the entire 2016 edition. Despite his success in the ODI and Test format, Boult hasn't been a regular feature in the T20 setup as he has only played 22 T20Is so far in his career.
Trent Boult was born on 22 July 1989 to Wendy Boult and Ian Boult in Rotorua, New Zealand. He was educated at Otumoetai College and his brother Jono Boult is a first-clas player for Northern Districts.
Trent Boult got engaged to his girlfriend Gert Smith in June 2016 and the couple married in August 2017 in a private ceremony at Kauri Bay Boomrock. Gert and Boult have a son together named Bowie Boult.