Trent Boult who is presently in India for the ODI World Cup with the New Zealand team, marked his return to international cricket after a year-long break. Participating in a warm-up match against South Africa on October 2 in Thiruvananthapuram, a city in Kerala, where Indian cricketer Sanju Samson originates, Boult showcased a strong camaraderie with Samson, both being teammates in the IPL's Rajasthan Royals.
In a viral video from the match's second innings, while fielding at deep fine leg, Boult responded to fans chanting the Rajasthan Royals slogan, 'Halla Bol.' Acknowledging their cheers, he playfully imitated Royals captain Sanju Samson, drawing a massive cheer from the crowd.
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This endearing gesture added to New Zealand's global popularity, known for their friendly nature. The left-arm seamer's playful act not only delighted those in attendance but also resonated widely on social media. New Zealand's reputation as one of the most beloved cricket teams was further enhanced by Boult's charming interaction, showcasing the camaraderie and sportsmanship that make the game a joy for fans around the world.
New Zealand won both their practice matches
While warm-up game victories may not hold the highest significance, teams acknowledge the value of cultivating a winning mindset. New Zealand, aligning with this notion, secured two notable wins in their warm-up matches ahead of their ODI World Cup opener against England on October 5 in Ahmedabad.
In the initial warm-up clash against Pakistan, New Zealand impressively chased down a challenging target of 346 runs, finishing with five wickets in hand and 38 balls to spare. In the subsequent encounter with South Africa on Monday, New Zealand emerged victorious by seven runs through the DLS method, having posted a total of 321/6 in their allotted 50 overs. Noteworthy performances from Devon Conway and Tom Latham, both scoring half-centuries against Aiden Markram's team, contributed to their success, while Trent Boult made a meaningful impact with the ball, picking up a couple of wickets.