IPL 2021 was suspended abruptly after the covid-19 virus entered the tournament bubble. Several players had tested positive for the virus, as BCCI had to suspend the tournament. Arrangements have been made by BCCI to make sure that the overseas players reach their respective home countries.
New Zealand pacer, Trent Boult who is a part of the Mumbai Indians, penned down a heartfelt message before leaving India. The left-arm pacer ended as the third highest wicket taker last season, and played a crucial role in guiding Mumbai Indians to their fifth title. The Kiwi pacer prayed for the speedy recovery of the people infected with the virus, and hopes that the situation improves in India.
Boult further wrote that he would love to return to India, when things do get better, and revealed that the country holds a special place in his heart. He also expressed his gratitude to Mumbai Indians, for making the necessary travel arrangements so that the players can safely reach home.
“My heart goes out to the people of India, while I am sad to be leaving the @mumbaiindians family and see the IPL come to an end, none of that compares to the suffering many people are going through right now,” Trent Boult posted on his Instagram account.
“India is a place that has given me so much as a cricketer and person. I have always deeply appreciated the support that I’ve received from my Indian fans. This is a tragic time and I hope things can improve soon. I look forward to returning to this beautiful country when I can. Thank you again to the @mumbaiindians for getting us all home and going above and beyond to ensure health and safety were the priority for all of the players and families. Please take care, look after one another and stay strong,” he added.
Trent Boult will travel to England with the rest of the New Zealand squad for a two-match Test series against the hosts, followed by the World Test Championship Final against India.