Devon Conway and MS Dhoni
Devon Conway and MS Dhoni (PC: Twitter)

Devon Conway, who showcased his brilliance during the recently concluded IPL 2023, has shared his experiences and highlighted the camaraderie he developed with his Chennai Super Kings teammates, particularly MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming.

Devon Conway acknowledged the unique dynamics between Fleming and Dhoni, two contrasting personalities who contributed to the team’s success. Fleming’s streamlined approach to team meetings impressed Conway, as he kept them concise, recognizing the wealth of experience within the squad.

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“It’s a great combination. Flem’s learnt to cut team meetings down to the very bare minimum. I don’t think there’s often a team meeting that goes longer than three-four minutes, which is great. Not that there’s a lot to say. Flem understands there’s a lot of experience in the group, guys know what they need to do to win. That gives us players a sense of trust that he’ll allow us to go out and express ourselves and the results will take care of itself,” he said in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.

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The combination of MS’ relaxedness around meetings and Flem allowing guys to go about their business to make sure they know what they need and what to do to win games is very beneficial as a group.”

Speaking of his rapport with MS Dhoni, Devon Conway expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to spend considerable time with the former Indian captain. Conway, along with Moeen Ali, Rahane, and Dhoni, often gathered in the team room to watch IPL matches, engaging in discussions about various teams, strategies, and life beyond cricket.

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“I’ve been lucky to spend quite a lot of time with him. Moeen, MS, [Ajinkya] Rahane and I spent a lot of time in the team room watching a lot of IPL games, talking about different teams and strategies, and in general, life beyond cricket. The relationship I have with MS is cool; he gives me a lot of banter and chirp, quirky one-liners. Now I’ve started to give it back to him (laughs),” he said in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.
“The respect is immense. Every time he walks into a room, there’s an aura around him. You want to talk to him, understand what he has to say because of his status in cricket and what he has achieved. We were fortunate to play a lot of snooker late nights and early mornings.”

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MS Dhoni Is On A Different Wavelength: Devon Conway

Devon Conway held Dhoni in high regard, recognizing the immense respect commanded by the Indian cricketing icon. Whenever Dhoni entered a room, an aura of reverence surrounded him, prompting Conway and others to seek his insights and guidance. Late-night and early-morning snooker sessions proved to be an excellent opportunity for Conway and Dhoni to bond further.

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Devon Conway also shed light on the humorous episodes that occurred during their wicketkeeping practice sessions. Dhoni’s mastery of the craft, honed over countless years, made it challenging for him to explain his techniques, given their innate nature.

“He’s learnt his craft over so many years and I guess it’s hard for him to explain how he does things because it’s so natural. The sessions were funny. He gives me a lot of banter and chirp, quirky one-liners. What was actually simple for him was so complicated for me since I’m still just part-time. He’s on a different wavelength to how I am when I work on my wicketkeeping. It was all the more incredible because he doesn’t keep at training.”

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Devon Conway’s journey with the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2023 was not only marked by his exceptional performances but also by the bonds he forged with MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming. The experience provided him with valuable insights, on and off the field, and contributed to the team’s triumphant campaign.

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