NZ’s Devon Conway says, Beating India in their backyard will be as big as winning WTC Final

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New Zealand batting sensation Devon Conway, on Saturday (October 2), said that the Kiwis are aiming to defeat India in their home conditions when they tour the Asia country later this year.

The opener further said defeating Team India in India in the upcoming Test series is a bigger challenge than beating them in England and if the Kiwis do it, it will be almost as big as winning the ICC World Test Championship.

New Zealand will be touring India in November- December to play three T20Is on November 17, 19 21, and two Tests from November 25. Notably, the Kiwis had defeated the Indian cricket team in the WTC 2021 Final in June 2021 to clinch the ICC Test Championship Mace in England.

Conway was quoted as saying by stuff. Definitely. That’s a massive goal that we’d like to achieve. To beat India in their home conditions is probably a bigger challenge than beating them in England. It would be a serious achievement, if not as big as the World Test Championship final. That will be a very important series to try and prove that.”

Sharing thoughts on succeeding in sub-continental conditions, the left-hander said: “Travelling to the subcontinent and being presented with surfaces that turn, that’s where you’ve got to be really strong mentally within your defense, trust your defense, and you’ve got to have a method in which you can score. If you’re not looking to score runs you won’t be in good positions. You’ve got to nail down a plan and stick to it as much as possible, even though it’s going to be challenging.”

The 30-year-old will be soon in action for the Black Caps in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE before the India tour and he opened up on how he may fit into the playing XI.

Conway signed off by saying, “We’ve got Martin Guptill up top and Tim Seifert who’s done really well, and you’ve got the master, Kane Williamson, at three. If I could slot in at four it would be really good for the team’s sake, try to manipulate those middle periods against spin and run hard between the wickets.”