IPL 2022 | Will mostly be focused on watching Tent Boult go about his business, says Navdeep Saini

Rajasthan Royals point guard Navdeep Saini says he will be keen to learn new aspects of Trent Boult’s fast bowling in the coming season. The Royals bought Navdeep Saini for INR 2.60 crore as they acquired the services of New Zealand’s left arm pacemaker for Rs 8 Crore.

The IPL 2022 is set to start from March 26 and teams will play with a new roster as franchises buy players in the mega auction. Two new franchises Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans have been added to the list of participating teams. Rajasthani Royals (RR) will be looking to script a winning campaign after being season champions in 2008. The team have a decent pace department with the inclusion of Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna and Navdeep Saini. RR acquired the services of Saini for Rs 2.60 Crore.

Before the season, Saini said he would focus on learning various aspects of fast bowling from Boult.

I can’t wait to meet Trent Boult during the IPL. He is someone who has achieved so much in international and IPL cricket, and it will be a great experience just to talk to him about various aspects of fast bowling,” Saini said in a statement.

“I will be more focused on watching his activities, and hopefully that should help improve my own game as well.

Saini picked 17 wickets in the IPL with a saving of 8.47. He was also part of the Delhi squad during the league phase of the Ranji Trophy taking five wickets in two matches. He shared his excitement to play for the Royals in the upcoming season.

“I look forward to working with the group of very experienced coaches and a group of talented players. The Royals are known for fostering a fantastic atmosphere around the group, and I’m just looking to experience that and connect with everyone and kick off this season.

“I am also delighted to work with Kumar Sangakkara and Lasith Malingaand tap into their brains on various aspects of the game. I think it will be a great opportunity for me to learn and prepare, further develop my skills and contribute to the performance of the team,” added Saini.

Sanju Samson will lead the team in the tournament. Samson will have a strong team this season to help him win the title. Saini praised the Kerala Wicketkeeper saying he creates a fun atmosphere around the team.

“I share a great rapport with Sanju. I spent a lot of time with him in the national team and had a lot of talks with him off the pitch,” he said.

“I feel like it’s going to be a new experience, playing under him; he is someone who creates a fun atmosphere around the team, which makes everyone fit in quickly and feel part of the team. Having missed the majority of IPL 2021 due to injury concerns, Saini said he has been going through tough times.

“I couldn’t play a lot of games last season, but I think I approach this season thanks to a lot of hard work that I put into me, both on and off the pitch.”

The Rajasthan Royals will start their campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad March 29.

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