Was there something amiss about the recent IPL auction? Those who have watched Devon Conway bat on Monday, or, in the days before, might think so.

Just four days after going unsold in the auction that was held thousands of kilometres away, the South African-born New Zealander blazed his way to a 59-ball unbeaten 99 that powered the Black Caps to a resounding win in the first of the five T20 International against Australia.

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin summed up what the lucrative league, its eight franchises and millions of fans may have missed out on.

“Devon Conway is just 4 days late, but what a knock,” Ashwin tweeted after New Zealand romped to a 53-run victory at the Hagley Oval.

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The teams were sceptical about his ability to tackle the spinners on the slower India pitches.

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