With a Rs 5 crore price tag, Trent Boult was the fourth-most expensive buy in the 2017 Indian Premier League auction conducted on Monday.
“I’m not going for the money. The experience of playing there in front of thousands of people is the most exciting part,” Boult was seen telling reporters in a video uploaded by New Zealand Cricket.
“I’m looking forward to rubbing shoulders with a few more international players and growing my game,” he added.
Boult becomes the second-most expensive Black Caps player to feature in the IPL, coming in behind the Rs 7.5 crore Gujarat Lions paid to acquire Brendon McCullum’s services in in 2015.
He is currently with his national squad preparing for the second ODI match of South Africa’s tour of New Zealand.
While he wasn’t able to watch the entire auction, he did follow live updates.
“We were in a car with a couple of the lads following the Twitter feed. To see the name come through with a figure like that next to it was pretty unbelievable. It’s bizarre how that much money can be put on the head of a player to play six or seven weeks,” Boult said.
Last year he featured in a single match for Sunrisers Hyderabad, forced to stay benched for the rest of the tournament. But he is expected to be their first-choice left-arm pacer this term.
“Different teams need different things. It was frustrating to only play one game last year but that’s the way the tournament is played — four overseas players [on field] so people have to miss out. I’m definitely looking forward to putting my foot forward for KKR,” he said.
Boult will be bringing good form into the IPL season. As part of the Proteas tour, a one-off T20 match was played at Eden Park where Boult claimed two wickets for the loss of eight runs in four overs.
He reported that he wouldn’t have considered himself a top limited overs bowler going into the 2015 World Cup but has grown in confidence steadily.