New Zealand left-hand batsman Devon Conway has been one of the key players in the batting lineup for the Kiwis, and he will miss out on the final after hurting himself badly against Pakistan. Conway smashed his hand into his bat with the gloves after being stumped against England in the first semi-final, and it has taken a blow to his hand.
Devon Conway’s absence might definitely haunt New Zealand as they will be heading into the finals with a new batsman into the playing XI.
Tim Seifert is the most likely player to replace Conway in the playing XI, but he has been more effective in the top order, which brings a dilemma for the coach and the captain.
“Not The Smartest Thing He’s Done” – Gary Stead
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead mentioned that it was an impulsive reaction to his dismissal, which definitely had hurt his hand immensely and noted that the injury has taken place at the wrong time with the finals coming up.
“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,” Gary Stead mentioned.
Gary Stead Looking To Find Another Hero
Gary Stead mentioned that Devon Conway had admitted his mistake, which could be costly and noted that it might get the others on the bench a chance to prove their worth. He also was looking for someone to step up as a hero in the finals.
“He’s certainly remorseful around it. It’s an honest mistake he’s made. He knows it’s having an impact on our team as well, but that will provide an opportunity for someone else to come into the side and step up on the biggest stage now.
“Sometimes strange things happen, and we find heroes in other places as well,” he added.
New Zealand will take on Australia in the finals of the T20 World cup 2021 on Sunday.