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Devon Conway: The Late Bloomer

Even in his mid-20s, Devon Conway would have laughed at the idea of making it as an international cricketer. Having made his first class debut as a teenager back in 2009, he could never find the runs or the consistency to get on to the selectors’ radar in his native country, South Africa. In 2017, he moved thousands of miles east to New Zealand. Devon Conway plays for New Zealand cricket team and Chennai Team in the Indian T20 League.

There Conway started to find the runs that had eluded him back home, hundreds of them. In the first class arena, as well as in white-ball cricket, he just couldn’t stop scoring. By the time his 3-year qualification period was over, New Zealand’s selectors were convinced he was ready to play for the Black Caps.

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Devon Conway: Recent Seasons

Having announced himself with a dazzling 59-ball 99* in a T20I against Australia in February 2021, Conway scored a double hundred on his Test debut against England, bringing up the landmark with a six. After going on to star in New Zealand’s victory over India in the first-ever Test Championship final, the Chennai team bought him at the Indian T20 League auction that preceded the 2022 season.

It hasn’t all been plain sailing for Conway, though. A self-inflicted injury forced him to miss the T20 World Cup final in 2021 and on his return to England earlier this year, he had an average Test series as New Zealand were thrashed 3-0. Despite that, he still averages more than 50 in each form of the game and has yet to be dismissed for a duck. With Ross Taylor having retired, the 31-year-old Conway looks likely to have a big part to play as New Zealand build for the future.

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Devon Conway’s Personal Details

    • Name
    • :
    • Devon Philip Conway
    • Date of Birth
    • :
    • 8th July 1991
    • Birthplace
    • :
    • Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Height
    • :
    • 5′11″
    • Playing Role
    • :
    • Top-order batter
    • Batting Style
    • :
    • Left-handed batter
    • Major Teams Played For
    • :
    • New Zealand, Chennai team

Devon Conway’s Current Rankings

As of 22 Aug. 2022, Devon Conway is ranked 8th in the T20I and 34th in the test batting rankings.

    • Game Format
    • Test
    • ODI
    • T20
    • ICC Bowling Rankings
    • 34
    • -
    • 8

Devon Conway Stats

    • Format
    • M
    • Inn
    • Runs
    • HS
    • Avg
    • SR
    • 100
    • 200
    • 50
    • 4s
    • 6s
    • CT
    • ST
    • Test
    • 10
    • 18
    • 918
    • 200 vs ENG
    • 51.00
    • 50.88
    • 2
    • 1
    • 4
    • 117
    • 3
    • 1
    • 0
    • ODI
    • 3
    • 3
    • 225
    • 126 vs BAN
    • 75.00
    • 88.23
    • 1
    • 0
    • 1
    • 26
    • 0
    • 3
    • 0
    • T20I
    • 20
    • 17
    • 602
    • 99* vs AUS
    • 50.16
    • 139.35
    • 0
    • 0
    • 4
    • 62
    • 15
    • 11
    • 1

Devon Conway - Key Skills and Strengths

For someone who struggled to average even 30 in domestic cricket in South Africa, Conway’s transformation since moving to New Zealand has been astonishing. With a solid defense and a wide range of strokes, Conway has become known for his ability to bat long periods without getting bogged down. When he made 327 for Wellington against Canterbury in the Plunket Shield in 2019, it took him just 352 balls.

Devon Conway Awards and Achievements

Though he was nearly 30 when he made his debut for the New Zealand cricket team team, Conway has made an immediate impact across formats, averaging over 50 in all three.

Here are some of Conway’s biggest records and achievements in international cricket:

  • Conway is one of only 7 players to score over 200 runs on Test debut in the game’s history.

  • His 54 in the first innings of the World Test Championship final against India (2021) was the highest score of the match. New Zealand went on to lift the trophy.

  • His partnership of 184 for the 3rd wicket with Glenn Philips against the West Indies (2020) is a world record.

  • Conway has now played 38 innings in international cricket without getting out for a duck. Only 4 men have had longer careers without making 0.

Devon Conway’s Indian T20 League Journey

After such a thrilling start to his international career, it was slightly surprising that there wasn’t more interest in Conway during the mega Indian T20 League auction for the 2022 season. The Chennai team picked him up at his base price of ₹1 crore. It was a disappointing campaign for the defending champions, who failed to make the play-offs. But when given an extended run, Conway impressed, making 252 runs at an excellent strike rate of 145.66.

Here are some of Conway’s biggest achievements in the Indian T20 League:

  • Conway topped the averages for Chennai in the 2022 season.
  • Of those who crossed 100 runs for Chennai in 2022, only Shivam Dube had a better strike rate than Conway’s.
  • Only Ruturaj Gaikwad matched his tally of 3 fifties for Chennai in 2022, but he played twice as many matches.
    • Format
    • M
    • Runs
    • HS
    • Avg
    • SR
    • 100
    • 50
    • 4s
    • 6s
    • CT
    • ST
    • Indian T20 League
    • 7
    • 252
    • 87 vs Delhi
    • 42.00
    • 145.66
    • 0
    • 3
    • 22
    • 2
    • 2
    • 0

Devon Conway’s: FAQs

What are the current teams of Devon Conway?

Currently, Conway plays for the New Zealand national cricket team since 2020 and in the Indian T20 League, he plays for the Chennai Team since 2022.

What sport did Conway’s father coach in when Devon Conway was growing up in Johannesburg?

Devon’s father Denton Conway was a football (soccer) coach.

How did Conway miss the T20 World Cup final in 2021?

After being dismissed in the semi-final against England, Conway punched his bat in frustration. A broken bone in his hand ruled him out for the next 8 weeks.

Which World Cup winner from another sport was one of Conway’s closest friends while growing up?

Elton Jantjes, who won the Rugby World Cup with South Africa (2019), played cricket with Conway when they were teenagers.

Who was Conway’s first cricket hero?

Neil McKenzie, who played for South Africa between 2000 and 2009. Fortunately Conway didn’t adopt his hero’s habit of taping bats to the ceiling for good luck.

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