New Zealand Opening batsman Devon Conway on Thursday registered the highest score by any men’s player in England on his debut. He achieved the remarkable feat on the second day of the first test which is being played at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. The left-handed batsman is still unbeaten at the crease & has surpassed 150 runs mark by scoring 162 runs.
England’s KS Ranjitsinhji earlier held the record of scoring the highest run on his debut against Australia long back in 1896. It was KS who scored 154 runs on debut in 1896 & then WG Grace was the second player to score the highest runs on debut i.e. 152 runs against Australia in 1880. New Zealand’s opener Conway has impressed everyone with his gutsy century on his Test debut. But Conway said that he never thought that he could score a ton in his first test match.
“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 added.
Devon Conway also revealed the New Zealand Captain, Kane Williamson’s first words to him when he walked back to the dressing after playing an incredible knock on the first day of the test against England. “When we arrived at Lord’s a couple of days ago we walked into the changing room & got the opportunity to have a look at all the legends & the names up on that honors boards”, said Conway.
Devon Conway became the sixth cricketer to register a test ton on his debut at Lord’s & also broke former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly’s record at the Lord’s. Ganguly had scored 131 on his debut at Lord’s in 1996 which was also the highest score by a player at Lord’s until Conway scored an unbeaten 136 runs on the opening day of the first day.
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