In a big setback for Kane Williamson and Co., New Zealand’s wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Conway has been ruled out of the ongoing T20 World Cup Final with a freak injury. He has sustained an injury in his right hand and that too while punching his bat after getting out vs England.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said: “He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time.“Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the Black Caps and no one is more disappointed at the moment than he is. So we’re really trying to rally around him”
What exactly happened?
KIWI batsman break his hand when he PUNCHED his bat. Conway was so furious when stumped by Jos Butler in Wednesday’s semi-finals win over England that he lashed out at his willow.
“It looked a pretty innocuous reactionary incident on the field. But the blow obviously caught the bat between the glove padding. And while it’s not the smartest thing he’s done there’s certainly an element of bad luck in the injury.
Heard about every actions = equal & opposite reaction..#DevonConway has given a demo here.. After getting out in the semi-final, he punched his own bat and later his scan came out as 'he has broken his hand'..Poor Conway! Get well soon #ENGvNZ #T20WorldCuppic.twitter.com/5ySz4bH6Lo
— Banajit Das / বনজিৎ দাস 😷🙏 (@bana111das) November 12, 2021
Devon is a great team-man and a very popular member of the side so we’re all feeling for him.”
- Devon Conway has broken his right hand.
- He will not be able to take part in the T20 World Cup final.
- The final will be played between New Zealand and Australia on November 14 in Dubai.
- The 30-year-old sustained the injury when he struck his bat immediately after being dismissed in last night’s semi-final win over England in Abu Dhabi – with an X-ray today confirming a break to his right-hand fifth Metacarpal.
- New Zealand coach Gary Stead confirmed the news and said that Conway is gutted on missing out on a crucial game.
- Apart from the T20 World Cup final, Devon Conway will also miss the Balckcaps’ tour of India starting from 17 November.
Conway’s injury will be a big setback for the Blackcaps considering the counterattacking knock he played in the semifinal against England.
Conway scored 46 off 38 and formed a partnership with Daryl Michell at a crucial juncture in the game. He took the attack to the England bowlers and helped Mitchell set his eyes as the latter was struggling to break free.
Conway’s absence will not only affect the batting strength of New Zealand, but a new wicketkeeper in the final match of the tournament will be too big a risk. It’s highly likely that Tim Seifert will be brought back to replace Conway behind the wicket.
Gary Stead hinted about the change and said he and Williamson are looking to fit in Seifert along with Glenn Phillips in the eleven.
“Whether we bring Glenn Phillips up one and put Seifert in behind him is something that Kane and I have to work through over the next day or so,” said Stead.
Talking about the T20 World Cup final, the arch-rivals Australia and New Zealand will be up against each other and will be searching for their maiden T20 World Cup title. Both the teams have snatched a win from the opposition in the semifinals and would love to lock horns.