Biswajit Manna

We have seen this happen many times in the past. Now, this is going to happen again. We are once again going to witness a cricket player who is going to represent a country at the highest level where he was not born. We have already seen Kevin Pietersen (Born in South Africa but played for England), Jofra Archer (Born in Barbados but plays for England) and Ben Stokes (Born in New Zealand but plays for England). Now we are going to see Devon Conway, a left-hander batsman born in South Africa, will very soon don the national jersey of the New Zealand cricket team. According to a report published in Cricinfo, International Cricket Council (ICC) has already confirmed that Conway will be able to play cricket for the Black Caps from August 28.

Dream come true for Devon Conway

He had the courage, no doubt. He is passionate about cricket. More importantly, he has tremendous confidence in his ability. Leaving South Africa at the age of 26 to pursue a cricket career in New Zealand was not easy at all for Conway. He has seen it all. But he never deviated from his path. And today indeed he is a happy man. “I am pretty happy to hear about that, but you’ve just got to keep working hard and hopefully get an opportunity to break into that Black Caps team, which is pretty awesome at the moment – you’ve got world-class players there, and it won’t be easy to get into that team”, said Conway as quoted by Cricinfo.

He plays for Wellington in domestic cricket in New Zealand. He left Johannesburg in 2017. He played a lot of domestic cricket in South Africa at the provincial level. But Conway never went beyond that. He struggled to move forward. That’s when he decided to change the course of his cricketing fortune. He took a massive step as leaving his own country and going to a new one where he had to start his journey from zero. Many would say it was a gamble. But it paid off. They say fortune favors the brave. Conway is fortunate and brave enough for earning the eligibility to play for the senior Black Caps team. He had a wonderful season with the Wellington team. In 17 matches he scored 1598 runs with an unbelievable average of 72.63. He has four centuries under his belt, which also include an unbeaten 327 against Canterbury.

Now, South Africa-born batsman has to convert his consistency at the international level, which is going to be a different ball game. And he knows it. Due to the spread of Coronavirus, all cricket matches have been suspended in New Zealand. But Conway is not the one who will sit back and relax. Even though he can’t go out and practice in the field, he is keeping himself active at home. He added, “I’m trying to do as much physical work as possible, as it allows me, but I also try and focus on doing some of those eye exercises that are quite important to me, and using skills like boxing to stay active – I’m enjoying that recently,” as published in Cricinfo.


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