Chennai Opening batsman Devon Conway heaped praises on CSK captain MS Dhoni for his impressive performance in the ongoing IPL 2022 tournament.
The prolific run-getter from New Zealand was missing from the earlier part of the tournament this year but since his arrival in Mumbai, he has become a star for the four-time champions, who have seen quite a bit of turmoil this season.
Devon Conway Praises MS Dhoni
CSK were off to one of their worst starts in the tournament’s history with Ravindra Jadeja handing over the captaincy reins back to Mahendra Singh Dhoni after a series of reverses.
On Sunday, CSK defeated Delhi Capitals by 91 runs, with left-hander Conway being outstanding duri
“I have got to give credit to MS actually,” Conway said after the match.
“In the last game, I swept quite a lot, and I unfortunately got out playing the sweep. But he (Dhoni) told me ‘I think the guys are going to try to bowl fuller to you tonight. So maybe come out and try to hit them straight.’ “He sort of gave me the guideline to try to execute that,” the New Zealander said.
Conway revealed that he prefers to keep things simple, adding that a bit of advice from captain Dhoni on how to play the sweep shot had worked wonders for his batting.
“I think I’ve heard that a few times now, which is quite good,” Conway said at the post-match conference on people comparing him with Hussey.
“To get compared to one of the greats, Mike Hussey… it’s pretty special to be possibly in that bracket.
“He’s got so much knowledge, so much experience. Not only in the IPL, but throughout the world. It’s just very important for me as a player to continue talking to him and learning from him and just getting some guidelines when I need it.”
The 30-year-old right-handed batter, who has played seven Tests, three ODIs and 20 T20Is since making his debut in 2021, said he wants to keep things simple.
“For me, the key is to keep very simple, and authentic myself as a player” “My blueprint is simple. In the first six (overs), try to play strong cricket shots, analyse the situation, the surface and the conditions. I just kept up the communication with Rutu (Ruturaj Gaikwad) at the other end.
“He is a class player, he’s really calm at the crease, so him and I have good chats and we complement each other quite nicely in the middle.”
Conway scored 231 runs in the 4 matches he featured at an average of 77.