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CSK opener Devon Conway, who played a match-winning knockout of 87 in last night’s IPL match against Delhi Capitals, revealed after the match that it was CSK skipper MS Dhoni who had asked him to leave the pitch. run against the spinners and hit them straight, instead of sweeping the ball a lot.
Devon Conway is one of the best sweepers of the ball in the world of cricket right now and as he plays that shot well, he doesn’t shy away from playing it in any size or surface, but in the match against RCB where Conway played extremely well, he had stepped out trying to play a sweep shot.
In that game, Conway had also hit some limits with the sweep shot, but then RCB strategically positioned the field for that shot and Conway ended up holed out at the deep square leg boundary trying to replay the sweep shot.
MS Dhoni told me bowlers are going to bowl fuller: Devon Conway
Conway said in the post-game interview with DC after the game that MS Dhoni told him after the last game that the bowlers could try to bowl fuller, knowing he has the power to play the sweep shot, so instead of trying to sweep, he would consider running across the field and hitting the spinners over the top.
Devon Conway hit four sixes with his feet and ran off the field against DC and only one of his sixes was hit by the sweep shot. Conway particularly liked DC’s wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who was in good form in the tournament before last night’s game.
With Conway completely nullifying Kuldeep and crushing him all over the park, it put DC in a tricky situation as they had to turn to their 6th bowler Mitchell Marsh for a few overs.