New Zealand spearhead Trent Bolt plots Shaheen Afridi-style attack against India


The Kiwi pacer Trent Boult has seen how Shaheen Afridi swung the ball in destroying Indian top-order at the T20 World Cup game and he is hopeful that he will get the same swing as Shaheen did.

New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult is trying to swing the ball as Shaheen Afridi did in the match against India on Sunday. 

He aims to recreate Shaheen’s heroics against India. Shaheen dismissed Rohit Sharma for a golden duck in the first over and the next over he took another wicket of opener KL Rahul and Pakistan won that match by 10 wickets. 

Boult is hopeful that he will take the wickets of Indian top-order batsmen in the crucial match on October 31. 

Black Caps are examining the victory of Pakistan against India and they will try their best to win against Kohli’s “Men in Blue” to revive their campaign.

“The way Shaheen bowled the other night was, for a left-arm, I thought it was amazing,”

Boult told reporters on Saturday.

“There are quality batsmen in that Indian lineup and early wickets are the focus for us as a bowling group.”

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“Hopefully, from my point of view, it swings around a little bit and I can mirror what Shaheen did the other night.”

New Zealand has an edge over India in the ICC events due to the recent wins against India in the semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019 and the final of the World Test Championships.

Boult asserted they can’t afford to decrease the guard against India, who are searching to revive their campaign after being defeated by arch-rivals Pakistan. 

He also revealed that Martin Guptil is ready to play the game against India on Sunday. Martin Guptil hurt his toe after being hit by a Haris Rauf delivery in the match against Pakistan.

“There’s always a lot of excitement that comes with playing India,”

the bowler said.

“We’ve probably enjoyed some success over the last few years in these ICC tournaments but it doesn’t mean that we’re going to treat them lightly or anything like that.

“It’s a big game for both teams. I’m sure both are looking forward to putting on a good show,”

added the 32-year-old.