Conway, a late entrant into the New Zealand squad at 29, stunned the cricket world by hitting a double hundred in his debut Test against England in 2021 and becoming only the seventh batter to do so in the longest format.
Conway, now 31, was also instrumental in the Chennai Super Kings team in his second IPL season, scoring six half-hooks and scoring 672 runs at a maximum of 92 for no loss and an average of 52.
His starting partnership with Ruturaj Gaikwad was the cornerstone of a record fifth CSK title. The New Zealand cricketer, playing in all formats, finished third on the IPL Orange caps behind Shubman Gill and South African RCB skipper Faf du Plessis.
I think he has been an absolute wizard in terms of his adaptation to all three formats, his skills and his (growth), Bracewell, who has played in 41 Tests, picking up 102 wickets and 1000-plus runs, told Sen Radio.
I like that he’s becoming a better cricketer all the time, so he’s clearly picked up the Kane Williamson bug of learning rather than just sitting back and relying on talent, the 65-year-old said.
Conway has so far scored 1,212 in Tests, 508 in ODIs and 632 in T20Is, and Bracewell believes this cricketer can compete with the best in the business.
His game continues to progress and this is something that Kane Williamson has introduced into the New Zealand team along with (former wicketkeeper) BJ Watling.
This is something that Devon Conway has picked up and progressed into another dimension.
Bracewell believes Conway will play a huge role during the ODI World Cup to be held in India this October-November, given that Williamson is unlikely to fully recover from his ACL injury in the IPL.
He is one of several components, but certainly an important one, Bracewell said.
First, he knows these (Indian) conditions (and) second, he’s extremely adaptable in terms of now opening the batting in T20. So he has the ability to adapt to move up and down the order and fit in, so that makes him a good replacement for someone like Cain.