England opener Jonny Bairstow has been one of the great pillars of success along with his Australian opening companion David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Bairstow played a terrific unbeaten knock of 61 runs in the recent game against the table-toppers, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) which in turn brought Hyderabad back to the winning ways, after having loss three games in a row. Bairstow received praises from the team mentor VVS Laxman for his brilliant performance.
The English wicket-keeper batsman has composed a fabulous tally of 365 runs from eight games played thus far in the season at an impressive average in excess of 52 and a staggering strike-rate of more than 152. He also smashed a scintillating hundred against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and is one of the five centurions of VIVO IPL 2019.
Hopefully I can finish on a high
Bairstow will not be part of the Sunrisers camp for the entire IPL season as he will have to be back home in England in order to participate in the national team’s preparation camps for the 2019 World Cup. However, Bairstow is currently aiming to help SRH win their next games to make it closer to reach towards the playoffs stage. The SRH opener will be available to play next two games against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) scheduled in Hyderabad later in the day and then CSK in Chennai on April 23. With a tally of eight points, the Sunrisers are currently placed at the fifth position on the points table.
“So far it has gone well. To be in the top five leading scorers… it is really very pleasing. Hopefully I can finish on a high in the next two games as well and we could be in the position to make the play-offs by the time I live,” Jonny Bairstow mentioned on the eve of the home game against the KKR, who lost their fourth consecutive game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday.
Bairstow is currently the fifth highest run-scorer in the tournament and his absence will surely be felt in the Sunrisers batting line-up as the middle-order woes are already hurting the team’s fortunes. All England players featuring in the IPL are supposed to return for their WC conditioning camp. The camp will be followed by a one-off ODI against Ireland after which England will play a five-ODI series against Pakistan and T20I. They will meet South Africa in the opener of the WC at the Oval on May 30.