New Zealand opener Devon Conway made headlines with his hundred on Test debut, but he has said that he didn’t think of scoring a hundred in his first match in the Test. Riding on his ton, New Zealand has been doing well against England in the ongoing first Test at the Lord’s Cricket Ground as well. Meanwhile, the debutant has revealed what his captain Kane Williamon has said to him after he smashed the hundred.
“That [scoring a century on debut] never came across my mind. Just getting a Test debut, a chance to play at this level, was all I thought about,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Conway as saying.
“Very happy, grateful for the opportunity from Cricket Wellington and also the Black Caps as well. A pretty special feeling, and one I certainly didn’t think about when I made that move,” he further added.
He also revealed what Kane Williamson first said to him when he walked back to the dressing room after a great first day against England.
“When we arrived at Lord’s a couple days ago we walked into the changing room and got the opportunity to have a look at the all the legends and the names up on that honours board,” expressed Devon Conway. “Funny enough I had a conversation with Kane asking what it feels like to see your name on that board [for Williamson’s hundred at Lord’s in 2015], and the first thing he said when I went up into the changing room was ‘Now you know what it’s like, bro’. It’s pretty cool, it’s a great place and I’m grateful my name can go up there.”
However, he became the sixth player to hit a Test century on his debut at the Lord’s. With this, he also broke former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly’s record as well. Ganguly had scored 131 on his Test debut at Lord’s way back in 1996 which was by far the highest score by a debutant at the venue until Conway surpassed him with an unbeaten 136.
“It was a pretty surreal moment, I couldn’t have dreamed for a better start to my Test career. Last thing I want to do is get tentative, and if I’m in a look-to-score mindset, that gets me in the best positions, the decision-making is a bit clearer and that’s when I’m at my best. That might be my strength right now,” he concluded.