IPL 2020: Adjusting to UAE heat biggest challenge, says MI star Trent Boult

IPL 2020: Adjusting to UAE heat biggest challenge, says MI star Trent Boult

IPL 2020 is set to start on September 19th after a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament is now going to be held in the UAE, with matches to be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.

In this article, we will look at the views shared by Trent Boult on IPL 2020 to Betway’s Insider.

New Zealand star cricketer Trent Boult believes the biggest challenge for all teams in the upcoming Indian Premier League will be adjusting to the prevailing hot and humid conditions in the UAE.

Most of the games will be played in the night but the conditions would still be challenging.

“The biggest challenge has been trying to prepare to come to 45 degrees in the middle of the dessert. I come from a very small country New Zealand which is about 7 or 9 degrees at the moment. “I have played cricket here. I know conditions can change very drastically. But I am hoping for good wickets,” Boult added.

“The humidity is similar to that, even at 10 at night. When I arrived here I study the weather conditions of a few months and it seems to be getting better. It is surely going to play a part and you have to make sure you have enough energy for the end of the innings or last few overs of your bowling quota.”

“I think apparently all are used to playing in front of big crowds in the big stage, there is certainly an amount of adrenaline that pumped into you when it gets really loud, especially in Wankhede when the MI crowd gets going, its difficult to stop the MI team. So, we will miss that there is no doubt about it.”

Trent Boult will have big responsibilities on his shoulder in the absence of veteran Lasith Malinga as the Kiwi speedster is all set to take to the field for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, scheduled to commence from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

While Malinga is a massive loss to Mumbai Indians, Boult’s inclusion will come as a relief for the Rohit Sharma-led franchise, who will look to defend the IPL trophy with an extremely strong team on paper.

This will be the first time Boult will take to the field for Mumbai Indians and the left-arm pacer explained what could be the biggest challenge for players in the UAE. Boult even explained what it is the difference between playing for and against a side like Mumbai Indians.

“I have played for a couple of other franchises but I am obviously excited to be a part of the Mumbai Indians family. Speaking from past encounters against them a few times, the big challenge that you face when you come up against this side is that they have always been very aggressive. So it’s nice to be on the other end of it and be part of such a cool group”.

 Boult was roped in by Mumbai Indians after a trade-off with Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 auction in December last year.

 Some of the comments here were taken from Betway.