New Zealand player Devon Conway made his IPL debut for CSK in IPL 2022. Devon Conway was in the initial squad before the tournament but he played only one match and was benched after that. He also left IPL in the middle to get married. He returned and CSK included him in the lineup. He was just sensational in the later half of the tournament. He played 7 matches for CSK in IPL 2022 and scored 252 runs with an average of 42. He also scored 3 fifties at a healthy strike rate of 145.66 in the tournament.
Talking to CSK TV, Conway said, “The rich history that we have in this competition, we wanted to make the playoffs desperately. Unfortunately, it did not go our way this year. We had periods where we were really good with the bat, ball, and with our fielding, but it just did not happen consistently for us throughout.”
“The fact that we have lost some close games, we have not left the change room feeling despondent. The CSK way is to keep your chin up and keep a smile on your face and not let it affect you too much. Because if you do, then you allow those emotions to affect you in the next game, and then all of a sudden all your confidence is lost. That is probably one of the reasons why we were successful as a group in the history of the IPL. The guys keep constant whether we win or lose, and that is one of the things that keep us moving forward,” Conway added.
“My wife would say that probably because I am married now I had a good run of form but I think yeah at some point of your life you just feel content. You feel you are happy where you are at. You can just translate that into your cricket and play with freedom, and enjoy it. If that has got something to do with marriage, I don’t know. But, that is certainly the sort of form I struck after I got married, ” Conway added.
CSK has won IPL four times but in IPL 2022 they just could not get going and fininshed at number 9 on the points table. Ravindra Jadeja was appointed as a captain but after 8 matches he was dropped from captaincy and MS Dhoni took over. They have few positives to look forward to in the next season and Conway is one of them. CSK certainly found a opener in him for IPL 2022.
Firstly I would say thank you so much for all their (CSK fans) support. You couldn’t ask for a better fanbase, and so we are very grateful to have all the supporters and the fans that we do, and just to see all the CSK T-shirts in the stadiums with ‘Dhoni 7’ on them was pretty special,” Conway said.