New Zealand batsman Devon Conway’s innings in the first T20 international against Australia in Christchurch impressed Ravichandran Ashwin, who took to Twitter and applauded it. Ravichandran Ashwin raised eyebrows at Devon Conway not being picked by franchises in the recently-concluded IPL 2021 auction where several players became million-dollar men. Renowned commentator Simon Doull replied to the Indian off-spinner’s tweet by taking a jibe at the Australian cricketers.
Devon Conway, who made his T20I debut in November 2020, played a clinical knock in the first of the five T20Is to script a 53-run victory. The southpaw came to the crease at 11-2 and stayed unbeaten at 99 to lift New Zealand to 184. In response, Australian batsmen struggled as only Mitchell Marsh and Ashton Agar reached double figures. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi took figures of 4-0-28-4 to play a significant role.
The candidates who became IPL millionaires featured in the inaugural T20 international, including Australia’s Glenn Maxwell and Jhye Richardson and New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson. Maxwell, who the Royal Challengers Bangalore recruited for INR 14.25 crores, departed for a single-figure score while Jamieson and Richardson bowled decently. Jamieson fetched INR 15 crores from the Royal Challengers and ended up with bowling figures of 3-0-32-1 and Richardson, who went for INR 14 crores to the Punjab Kings, grabbed 4-0-31-2.
Simon Doull unimpressed with New Zealand cricketers not getting enough bids in IPL:
With Devon Conway going unsold at the IPL auction and Ravichandran Ashwin applauding his match-winning knock, Simon Doull complained that franchises have constantly overlooked the Kiwi players for years now for the second-rate Australians. The former New Zealand speedster revealed that the only tournament outside of IPL, teams look at is the Big Bash League.
Not sure it matters @ashwinravi99 NZ players have continually been overlooked for second rate Australians in the IPL for years. Seems outside of IPL big bash is the only comp looked at.. #player #NZcricket
— Simon Doull (@Sdoull) February 22, 2021