21 Feb 2017

Boult's million dollar payday surreal

3:36 pm on 21 February 2017

New Zealand cricket's latest million dollar man Trent Boult has labelled his new IPL deal as surreal.

Boult, who's ranked number two on the world one day bowler rankings, was bought by Kolkata in the latest IPL auction for just over $1 million.

He said the whole process is quite bizarre but he never felt any nerves ahead of the auction.

Trent Boult will join Kolkata in the IPL.

Trent Boult will join Kolkata in the IPL. Photo: Photosport

"I don't know if I was that nervous to be honest. I was probably more nervous signing the application and putting my name down and sending it away. Once it's in their hands it's totally out of mine..it's just bizarre really."

Boult who was signed by Hyderabad for $845 thousand last year, played just one game and thought his market value may have been on the decline.

"It's hard one to read. Different teams need different things. It was frustrating to only play one game..but it's the way it goes - with only four overseas players (able to take the field) people have to miss out."

He said his Black Caps teamates have been pretty quick to remind him it's his shout, which he will happily do.

"A million bucks it's a lot of money and it's bizarre how that much money can be put on the head of a player."

Corey Anderson

Corey Anderson Photo: Photosport

With the likes of Corey Anderson, Matt Henry, Martin Guptill, and Lockie Ferguson picking up contracts worth $100-$200 thousand Boult said there was no awkwardness.

"It's a hard one to understand how people go for certain figures and other guys go for - whatever it is, but there's definitely no jealousy or bitterness amongst the camp, everyone's very excited.

As for splashing out with his cash? Boult said he might buy himself a new pair of jeans to celebrate.