Trent Boult made limited appearances for Delhi Capitals, even as he finished with 18 wickets in the last season of the Indian Premier League. Kagiso Rabada stepped up and produced match-winning performances as Boult struggled to find a regular place in the XI this year.
However, the Kiwi fast bowler isn’t complaining as he gears up for the Eliminator clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Vizag.
Speaking to IANS, Boult said that it was all about being patient as he waited on the bench after playing just the opening game of the season against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. An injury to Rabada saw him return to the team against Chennai Super Kings at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.
"Was looking to be physically fit and in the right head space to be prepared when I do get an opportunity. Had been working out in the gym and looked to find a purpose at training.
"The conditions are tough and I looked to be ready for my chance. We got a squad which has the required balance and we have played consistent cricket. Have been a bit disappointed having not played too many games myself, but then the boys have done really well," he explained.
The New Zealand pacer further stated that even as he spent most of the time on the bench, the season has been a great learning for him.
"I think this is a unique tournament. We come together and create friendship and bonds and learn from each other. Also, I am still learning how to bowl in conditions which are foreign to me. It has been good fun," Boult said.
Just like the other players, Boult too feels that the duo of head coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly have had a major role in promoting fearless cricket in the DC ranks, one of the reasons why the team has done really well in the group stages.
"You can see the passion of those two guys. They are highly experienced guys and that is rubbing off on the players.
"It is just about creating an environment where the players go out and express themselves and be fearless and both Ricky and Sourav have done that really well," he said.