IPL 2021: WATCH- Trent Boult hopes MI continues from where they left in UAE last year

Boult picked eight wickets in seven matches in the first half of the tournament. 

Trent Boult | IPL-BCCIWith less than a week for the start of the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) in UAE, most of the teams and players have already reached the country and are either training or in quarantine. 

Mumbai Indians’ pacer Trent Boult said that he was really excited to be back in UAE and play for his franchise. The left-arm fast bowler picked eight wickets in seven matches at an economy rate of 8.46 in the first half of the tournament. 

"I've enjoyed a couple of months off. I'm really excited to get back here, It's obviously pretty hot. Six days in quarantine has been ticked off. Look forward to getting involved," said Boult in a video posted by Mumbai Indians on Sunday.

The New Zealander recalled the MI’s title-winning run in UAE last year and hoped the team could repeat the heroics. 

"There are obviously some good memories. Coming back through to the same hotel, same room. Amazing team room and obviously, the facilities are exactly the same. But there has been some good time. So hopefully, we can refresh the memory and pick up where we left off," Boult said. 

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"Different circumstances, with half the tournament played. So I'm sure all the franchises are well prepared and looking forward to getting into it. But the beauty is, we've had some success here. So it's about going back and reflecting on that and hopefully continuing what we know best," he added. 

Fellow New Zealander Adam Milne was made comfortable by his teammates who showed him around the hotel. 

"Getting used to the hotel which is lovely, and all the areas and being shown around by the boys who were here last year, which is nice, really nice," said Milne, who played in one match in the first half of IPL 2021.

The pacer who picked 12 wickets for Birmingham Phoenix in the Hundred and participated in the Vitality T20 blast said that he was in good rhythm coming into the tournament. 

"Not too bad. Obviously, I've been playing some cricket in the UK. So, it's nice to sort of keep a bit of a continuous cricket game. You've obviously been bowling in the backyard,” he said. 

Boult said: "I think I've only just got here so I think it's probably more about dusting off more cobwebs and getting used to the heat. Just easing into it. But Milne's a couple of days to get him in and obviously been playing some good cricket over in England a' well. So, it's going to be exciting to hopefully get it back together."

Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on rivals Chennai Super Kings to resume their IPL 2021 campaign on 19 September. The team currently is 4th on the points table with four wins in seven matches.

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(With IANS inputs) 


By - 13 Sep, 2021

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