New Zealand all-rounder Suzie Bates said on Saturday it will be difficult for Chennai Super Kings to leave opener Devon Conway out of their squad following his recent good performances in the late stages of the on-going 2022 Indian Premier League.
“Being from New Zealand I think all New Zealanders should be in the squad (in IPL). It’s a really tough competition to get chances until you don’t prove yourself at that level. But now he ( Conway) it will be difficult for them (CSK) to let him out of their starting XI. He has proven himself in tests, ODIs and T20s in India, I’m sure he will get a lot of opportunities. It’s great to I see NZ players perform at that level and I know they love playing the league too,” Bates said in an exclusive interview with ANI.
This statement comes at a time when Conway has performed well for the Super Kings in IPL’s last few league games. He had only scored three in his CSK debut against Kolkata Knight Riders on March 26. He only joined the team at the end of April. He had left the bio-bubble in late April because of his marriage.
However, after returning to the side on May 1, the classy Kiwi Left defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (85*), Royal Challengers Bangalore (56) and Delhi Capitals (87) for three consecutive half-centuries. In his previous match against Mumbai Indians, he fell for a golden duck after being declared LBW. He was unable to get assistance from DRS, who was unavailable during the first 10 balls of the match.
In five innings for CSK, the batter has scored 231 runs at an average of 57.75 with the best score of 87 and three well-made half-centuries.
Besides him, CSK hasn’t had a great IPL, finishing ninth in the points tally with just eight points, four wins and just two games to go. The side will face Gujarat Titans in their next game on May 15.
Conway, the South African-born batter, who has a promising future and plays for New Zealand, has also delivered some outstanding performances in his short career thus far. The batter scored a double century on his debut against England at Lords and scored two more centuries and three fifties in the game’s longest form.
In seven tests, he scored 767 runs at an average of 63.91. He has also represented Kiwis in three ODIs and 20 T20Is to date and also averages fifty plus in these two formats. He also has an ODI hundred. In 2022, he was named one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year along with Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Ollie Robinson and Dane Van Niekerk.
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