New Zealand batsman Devon Conway has damaged former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s 25-year-old document of registering the best Take a look at rating on debut at Lord’s when he went previous the trendy southpaw’s 131 throughout the first Take a look at towards England.
Conway, who can also be a left-handed batsman, remained unbeaten 136 as New Zealand completed the primary day at a strong 246 for 3.
Along with his opening day exploits, the South African-born 29-year-old turned the sixth cricketer to hit 100 on debut on the iconic venue.
Ganguly, who’s now the BCCI president, had scored 131 on his Take a look at debut at what’s known as the Mecca of cricket in 1996.
Curiously, each Conway and Ganguly share their birthday — July 8 — however are separated by practically 20 years in age.
Chatting with Sky Sports activities on the finish of the day”s play, Conway mentioned, “I’ll have a while to let that settle in. The job’s not carried out however I’m very blissful.
“I had a dialog with (skipper) Kane (Williamson) a few days in the past and requested him what it feels wish to go on that honours board; the very first thing he mentioned to me was: now you’re on it, boy.”
Along with his century, Conway turned solely the third non-English batsman to attain a century on Take a look at debut at Lord’s.
Australian batsman Harry Graham had scored 107 towards England on his Take a look at debut in 1893.
Debutant Conway reached the three-figure mark in fashion, smashing fast-medium bowler Ollie Robinson for a six within the 61st over of the innings.
Conway struck 16 fours and confronted 240 balls throughout his keep within the center.