Trent Boult, who is set to lead the Mumbai Indians bowling attack in the absence of veteran paceer Lasith Malinga, believes the biggest challenge for all teams in the 13th season of the IPL will be to adjust to the hot and humid conditions here. In the absence of Malinga, New Zealand’s left-arm fast bowler will be very strong on Bolt.
Bolt, who represented Delhi Capitals last year, is associated with this four-time champion team for the first time. After Malinga withdraws from the tournament due to personal reasons, he will have to play a bigger responsibility in the team. Talking about joining the new team, Bolt said that it would be a relief for any bowler not to play against the batting order like Mumbai.
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In a video posted on the Mumbai franchise’s Twitter, Bolt said, “Our biggest challenge will be to prepare ourselves in the middle of the desert at a temperature of 45 degrees Celsius. I come from a very small country, New Zealand where it is winter. At this time, the temperature is around 7-8 degrees.
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He said, ‘Obviously, I have also represented some other franchisees, but am very excited to be a part of this Mumbai family. From my own experience, I have played against Mumbai and the challenge is intimidating when you play against such a strong team. In this case it is good to be on the other side this time and be a part of this quiet group. ‘
Bolt, who has played cricket in the UAE, said his team’s bowling has the power to beat any opposing team. The 31-year-old bowler said, ‘I have played a little cricket here and I know that circumstances can change to a great extent at this time. I hope the pitches here are good. We have the skills to beat any opposing team. The Mumbai team will begin their campaign to save the IPL title on 19 September against the previous runners-up Chennai Super Kings.