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Watson hails Boult’s new ball skills after Mumbai demolition job

By REUTERS
April 03, 2024
Trent Boult of Rajasthan Royals celebrates during the IPL match. — BCCI/File
Trent Boult of Rajasthan Royals celebrates during the IPL match. — BCCI/File

MUMBAI: Trent Boult’s skills with the new ball make him a real asset for Rajasthan Royals, former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson said after the fast bowler’s devastating opening spell in a six-wicket Indian Premier League (IPL) win over Mumbai Indians.

Boult (3-22), who played for Mumbai between 2020-21, dismissed Rohit Sharma, Naman Dhir and Dewald Brevis for golden ducks in his first eight balls on Monday. The 34-year-old struck twice in the first over, swinging the ball away from Rohit to coax the Mumbai opener into edging behind before trapping Dhir lbw on the very next delivery.

Boult has now taken 25 wickets in the first over of an innings in the IPL since 2020. “Trent Boult is just so accurate,” Watson said on Jio Cinema. “He rarely misses his execution with the brand new ball in the first over. He hits the ground, sprinting, so accurate. “Ball swinging back in, he is just an absolute weapon and he continues to do it over and over again. It’s like he is just getting young with age.