ENG vs NZ: On debut New Zealander Devon Conway breaks a Sourav Ganguly record which was held by Ganguly since 25 years

Co-incidentally both Conway and Ganguly are left-handed and their birthdays fall on the same day as well, July 8th

New Zealand Test opener Devon Conway on Wednesday, June 2 broke former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly’s record of highest individual score on debut at Lord’s – The Home of Cricket.

In the on going Test match between hosts England and New Zealand, 29 year old Conway scored 136 not out on the first day of the first Test match. In the process he went past Sourav Ganguly’s 131 runs which he scored, on his debut, at Lord’s in the year 1996. Ganguly’s 131 was the highest individual score on debut at Lord’s until Conway broke it, yesterday. The record was held by Sourav Ganguly for 25 years.

Coincidentally both Conway and Ganguly are left-handed and their birthdays fall on the same day as well, July 8th. Conway is now the sixth player to smash a Test century on debut at Lord’s. Conway with this hundred is now the only third player, who is non-English to score a century on Test debut at Lord’s. Australian player Harry Graham scored 107 versus England on Test debut in 1893. New Zealand finished Day 1 with 246 runs with three wickets down.

Conway is South African born who has close to 100 first-class games and 70 List A games to his name in the South African domestic circuit. Conway brought up his maiden century with a six, had an unbeaten 132 run partnership with Henry Nicholls (batting at 46) still stumps of Day 1.

Conway in an interview after the first day’s play said,
“It was a pretty surreal moment, I couldn’t have dreamed for a better start to my Test career.”

“It took maybe three or four overs to face my first ball, but I was pretty grateful for that. It gave me an opportunity to have look at the bowling from the non-striker’s end. I’ve never faced Broady (Broad) and Anderson, so it gave me a chance to see how it was going off the wicket and get some clues from Tommy Latham. The communication was good and clear, so it gave me a chance before that first ball.”

Stats corner

Highest Test scores by New Zealand batsmen on debut

1. Matthew Sinclair’s 214 – the year 1999
2. Hamish Rutherford’s 171 – the year 2010
3. James Neesham’s 137* – the year 2014
4. Devon Conway’s 136* – the year 2021

* – indicates not out

At the time of publishing this article, Conway had gone past James Neesham’s score of 137 runs. Conway has resumed his inning of an overnight score of 136 and has reached an unbeaten 156.

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