IND vs NZ Live: Trent Boult vs India Round 2 – Can Rohit Sharma & Co survive nemesis Thunder Boult in round 2?

IND vs NZ Live, India vs New Zealand: Trent Boult vs India Round 2 - Can Rohit Sharma & Co tackle nemesis Thunder Boult in round 2?
IND vs NZ Live, India vs New Zealand: Trent Boult vs India Round 2 - Can Rohit Sharma & Co tackle nemesis Thunder Boult in round 2?

IND vs NZ Live: Trent Boult vs India: If there is one frailty in India’s batting that has been exposed over the years then that is their weakness in facing incoming deliveries bowled by left-arm pacers. After Shaheen Afridi taught India a harsh lesson, Trent Boult amplified how critical the problem was. In Round 2, Rohit Sharma & Co will be tested once again. Follow India vs New Zealand Live on InsideSport.in. 

Let’s take the two matches India lost in the T20 World Cup — against Pakistan and New Zealand — and India lost both matches and six wickets against left-arm seamers. In the first match against Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi cleaned up the top order while in the second match Trent Boult bowled five dot balls in his first seven deliveries, returning with 3/20 figures.

IND vs NZ Live: Trent Boult vs India Round 2 – Can Rohit Sharma & Co survive nemesis Thunder Boult in round 2?

Then take the individual battles into account, the left armer’s ability to swing the ball makes him a lethal bowler. Boult has dismissed star batsman Rohit Sharma 14 times across formats and even Virat Kohli, who is not a part of the T20I series has been dismissed 6 times.

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  • IND vs NZ Live, T20 World Cup: Why Trent Boult could be India’s nemesis?
    • Trent Boult has scalped 74 wickets in 36 matches against India in all formats combined.
    • Amongst the 74, 53 have come against India’s right-handers.
    • Against Trent Boult, India’s dot ball percentage in T20Is is at a staggering 38.3%, in ODIs that goes up to 62.4, showing India’s struggle against Boult’s speed.
    • Trent Boult may not have Shaheen Afridi’s height but his perfect yorkers and death-overs bowling should be a cause for concern.
    • India’s batsmen including Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma have struggled against left-arm pacers.
    • Amongst them, Rohit Sharma has fallen victim to left-arm pacers the most — 14 times. He is followed by Suryakumar Yadav (T20s) and Virat Kohli at 10 times.

IND vs NZ Live: Trent Boult vs India Round 2 – Can Rohit Sharma & Co survive nemesis Thunder Boult in round 2?

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IND vs NZ Live: Trent Boult vs India Round 2 – Can Rohit Sharma & Co survive nemesis Thunder Boult in round 2?

Trent Boult will spearhead the Kiwi pace attack against star Indian batters Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan. In T20 internationals Boult has taken 59 wickets in 41 matches at an average of 21.13 but against India his performance gets even better as he has 9 wickets in 4 matches with a staggering average of 12.88.

In the recently played game against India Boult bagged 3 wickets in 4 overs giving away only 20 runs to restrict India to a modest 110/7 in 20 overs. Boult’s record against India across formats is also very impressive as the Kiwi has bagged 74 wickets in 36 matches. Among those 74 wickets, 53 wickets have come against right-handed batters. Clearly, against right-handed batters, his bowling becomes more effective.

IND vs NZ Live: Trent Boult vs India Round 2 – Can Rohit Sharma & Co survive nemesis Thunder Boult in round 2?

IND vs NZ Live: Trent Boult vs India Round 2 – Can Rohit Sharma & Co survive nemesis Thunder Boult in round 2?

The real challenge for openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will be on how to tackle the incoming deliveries of left-arm pacer Trent Boult especially when the ball is hard and new. Both the batters fell prey to left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi in the opening game against Pakistan.

So, it will be interesting to see how both of them and the rest of the batters have prepared against willy Trent Boult. A good and a wicketless start against him will set the right tone for the India vs New Zealand T20 international series.