Conway smashed 200 off 347 balls, before being run out. He was adjudged the Man of the match in what was his debut Test match.
Conway is originally from South Africa. He was born in Johannesburg and played domestic cricket in South Africa, before moving to New Zealand in 2017, at the age of 26.
He was given a contract by Wellington for the 2018-19 season. He went on to become the leading run scorer in the 2018-19 Super Smash and also the highest run getter in the 2018-19 Plunkett Shield season.
When he joined Wellington, Conway was asked to face a plethora of deliveries by head coach Glenn Pocknall. With his elegance and the ability to play every delivery with ease and sheer confidence, the left-handed Conway impressed Pocknall and started playing under his tutelage. With time, Conway became a vital cog in the Wellington Cricket wheel.
Conway’s long wait of wearing a Test jersey came ended at the age of 29. And he made it count in style, becoming only the seventh cricketer overall to reach the 200-run mark in his debut outing. In the second Test, Conway scored 80 runs off 143 balls in the first innings, as New Zealand wrapped up a 1-0 series win vs England.
Devon Conway scored a double century on his Test debut vs England (AP Photo)
Conway has not let the intensity drop in the ongoing World Test Championship final vs India.
Playing only his career’s third Test match, the southpaw scored another fifty (54 off 153 balls), to help NZ lay a solid foundation in their first innings.
“He (Conway) has an amazing ability to just bat and take out any possible distractions that may be present and could affect his skills,” Conway’s Wellington coach Glenn Pocknall told Timesofindia.com in an exclusive interview.
Conway also walked away with the Man of the series award in the two Tests vs England.
“He (Conway) started with Wellington as a keeper batsman as we saw an opportunity there for him. However, he bowled a little when he played domestic cricket in South Africa. I first came in contact with him when he came into our cricket environment with Wellington in 2017 and have been lucky enough to see him develop a huge amount on a daily basis in that time,” Pocknall further said.
Devon Conway (Reuters Photo)
Apart from Conway, Pocknall has also coached Kiwi cricketers like Tom Blundell, Rachin Ravindra, Jimmy Neesham, Finn Allen, and Hamish Bennet.
“These guys have all had a huge contribution to the Wellington team doing so well,” a proud coach said.
CONWAY’S EVOLUTION & WHEN POCKNALL SAW A GLIMPSE OF RAVINDRA JADEJA IN HIM
“I saw a glimpse of Jadeja in Conway. Originally, I said Jadeja, but I’m not sure anymore,” Pocknall said.
Devon Conway and Ravindra Jadeja
“He (Conway) has shown he can shift gears depending on the situation and what the conditions are. This is a great skill to have and shows that his mental application and ability to adapt are brilliant. He is now starting to have his own style and uniqueness as a player,” Pocknall further told TimesofIndia.com.
JAMIESON, VIRAT AND THE RCB CONNECTION
New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, under Virat Kohli’s leadership. During phase one of IPL 2021, Kohli had asked Jamieson to bowl to him with the Dukes ball during net sessions but the towering pacer had refused.
Using the Dukes ball in the WTC final, the 6 foot 8 inch tall Jamieson rattled India with a five-for, including the prized wicket of Kohli.
Virat Kohli and Kyle Jamieson (AP Photo)
Jamieson, who returned figures of 5 for 31, bowled an in-swinger to Kohli and trapped the Indian captain in front of his stumps at a critical juncture of the match, when Virat was batting on 44. India were eventually bowled out for 217 runs in their first innings.
“There is so much analysis of players these days and the challenge is being able to execute these plans. With Kyle having bowled to Virat in the nets at RCB, I’m sure he would have had some influence in what those plans looked like,” Pocknall said.
“I believe it would have just been a bit of a laugh between the two and I can’t see why a player would help another player prepare when they were to play each other,” Pocknall signed off.