IPL 2022 Auction: 3 teams that can target Trent Boult

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Mumbai Indians had the most to lose heading into the IPL Player Auctions. Over the years, they’ve carefully curated a team worthy of competing in any cricketing league across the world. With only four spots available for retentions, they’ve had to let go of most of their players. One of the talents that MI is sure to miss having in their team is Trent Boult.

Trent Boult was a crucial part of the Mumbai Indians side as he got them the early wickets that they needed to stamp authority over their opposition. The Kiwi speedster finished the season with 13 wickets at an astonishing economy of 7.00. So, he’s sure to make quite the splash when he goes under the hammer in the upcoming Player Auctions. In this article, we take a look at 3 IPL franchises that might target him.

Boult to bolster KKR’s bowling attack?

1) Kolkata Knight Riders

Runners-up of the previous edition of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking for a repeat of the same in 2022. They’ve currently retained superstar Andre Russell, spinning sensation Sunil Narine, opening batsman Venkatesh Iyer and mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy.

While Kolkata does have a quality pacer in the form of Andre Russell, he’s extremely injury-prone. So, they will need a fast bowler to shoulder most of the responsibilities and to lead the bowling attack. Trent Boult is tailor-made for this role given that he more or less did the same for the Mumbai Indians. If KKR were to buy back Kamlesh Nagarakoti and Shivam Mavi, they’re likely to flourish under the tutelage of the New Zealander.

2) Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers look to script history by clinching the trophy in the next edition of the Indian Premier League. But, to get there they’ll need a quality overseas fast bowler. So, Trent Boult is likely to be very high on RCB’s wish list.

With Mohammed Siraj already on their side, Boult is likely to spearhead the bowling attack. Siraj and Boult can bowl in tandem in the early part of the game in a bid to disrupt the momentum of the opposition. He’s also vastly experienced in closing out tense games, a skill set that the RCB camp holds in high regard. If they pull off a heist and manage to rope in the Purple Cap holder, Harshal Patel, then a title might be on the cards for the Bangalore-based franchise.

Redemption on the cards for Punjab Kings?

3) Punjab Kings

In 2021, it was Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh that did most of the heavy lifting for Punjab Kings. This was mostly because their foreign signings, namely Jhyle Richardson, Riley Meredith, and Chris Jordan weren’t quite impactful. So, PBKS will be looking to sign a more experienced overseas fast bowler to spearhead the bowling attack.

Trent Boult could be the player that Punjab Kings are after. With more than 75 wickets to his name in the IPL, he does come with a lot of experience. His inclusion into the side will bolster the bowling attack that already comprises PBKS’ find of the season, Arshdeep Singh. Boult’s ability to swing the ball and his subtle pace variations are likely to come in handy here.

So, those were the 3 IPL franchises that we believe are likely to be targeting Trent Boult in the Player Auctions. But, the other teams will also have their eyes set on him. Rajasthan Royals will go hard at him given that Boult is a like-to-like replacement for Jofra Archer. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings will see him as the ideal player to play the role that Deepak Chahar played in the side. However, it’s the two new franchises, namely Team Ahmedabad and Team Lucknow that will get to swoop him up first prior to the Auctions.

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