New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult is impressed with the young Indian batter Prithvi Shaw who scored 66 in the practice game. Speaking to the press after the game, Boult said, “I heard he was 17, I couldn’t quite believe it. He played very nicely. I think the ball swung around nicely at the start, and it didn’t seem to trouble him. “He’s probably one of many who has a promising career ahead of him if all things go well. But very impressed with the first look.”
New Zealand fell short of 30 runs in the first practice game and Boult said that the team was disappointed to not come away with a win. He said, “It’s satisfying to re-familiarise ourselves with the conditions here. It was very hot out there this afternoon, but it’s disappointing to not come away with a win.”
Boult said that the bowlers have to be very accurate against India as it will be a big challenge to step up against them and beat them. He said, “It’s a big challenge for us to step up and hopefully upset a side that’s in very, very good form. You need to be accurate everywhere, the room for error is very small. The batsmen are very talented, they like to hit boundaries and they are able to hit boundaries of your best balls.
“So the accuracy has to be there, the fitness has to be there to keep delivering.”
Stating that he looks to swing the ball at the start of the innings, Boult said, “I look to be as aggressive as I can in the later spells. ODI cricket is very challenging, generally offering very flat surface and not much from the bowling point of view. The accuracy is where I feel I can offer the most,” he added.