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New Zealand left-arm seamer Trent Boult has made it clear that despite being bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 5 crore (approximately US$750,000), he is more interested in gaining valuable experience from playing in Indian Premier League (IPL).
Boult was the premier left-arm pace bowler up for grabs at the auction on Monday after Australia’s Mitchell Starc pulled out of the tournament.
Boult, though, admitted it was “surreal” to see the bidding war between the Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians once his name came up.
“We were in a car with a couple of the lads following the Twitter feed,” Boult said. “To see the name come through with a figure like that next to it was pretty unbelievable. It’s bizarre how that much money can be put on the head of a player to play six or seven weeks.
“Building up to  World Cup I wouldn’t have put myself in the bracket of top five or six white-ball bowlers in the country. But my game has grown, I’m a lot more confident with the white ball and now things like this are knocking at the door.”
Last year, Boult only featured in one game in the tournament, but he is virtually guaranteed to be in the playing XI at all times this year.
“It’s a very hard one to read,” he said. “Different teams need different things. It was frustrating to only play one game last year but that’s the way the tournament is played – four overseas players [in the XI] so people have to miss out. I’m definitely looking forward to putting my foot forward for KKR.”
When asked about the money he will be earning, Boult said: “I’m not going for the money. The experience of playing there in front of thousands of people is the most exciting part. I’m looking forward to rubbing shoulders with a few more international players and growing my game.”
Nonetheless, the 27-year-old admitted that he may treat himself to “a new pair of jeans, maybe”. He also revealed that he bought his team-mates coffee on Monday.
“Tim Southee pretty quickly reminded me it would be my shout,” he said.