Trent Boult not keen on money after being bought for Rs 5 crore in IPL Auction
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Trent Boult not keen on money after being bought for Rs 5 crore in IPL Auction

Trent Boult, the New Zealand pacer who was bought for Rs 5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders, says he wants to soak in the experience of playing in front of fans and is not interested in the money.

cricket Updated: Feb 21, 2017 14:23 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Trent Boult became the fourth-most expensive purchase in the 2017 Indian Premier League auction as he was bought for Rs 5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders.(Getty Images)

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.

But the new recruit for the Kolkata Knight Riders is least concerned with the money that went into his signing, saying that he may just buy a pair of jeans and nothing more from his earnings.

“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.

First Published: Feb 21, 2017 12:35 IST