England swashbuckling opener Jonny Bairstow has said that winning the ‘Player of the Series’ award for his exploits in the ODI series will give him a lot of confidence considering the horror run he endured during the Test series.
Bairstow was adjudged the ‘Player of the Series’ for his brilliant knocks in the first two ODIs.
The swashbuckling opener smashed a whirlwind 66-ball 94 in the first match and backed it up with a match-winning 124 in the second as England made a mockery of their target of 337.
Bairstow, however, failed to repeat his heroics in the series-decider thanks to his SunRisers Hyderabad teammate Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who trapped his leg-before wicket for a 4-ball 1.
The English opener sounded like a relieved man because of the fact that he will not have to face Bhuvneshwar in the IPL.
“Yeah, pretty pleased, but would have liked to be on the winning side of it at the end of the day. But, today, it wasn’t meant to be. To come back from Tests and do this will give me a lot of confidence. To be honest, going outside off is a better way to counteract that [inswing]. Now, I’ll be facing him at the [SRH] nets, don’t have to worry about that,” said Jonny Bairstow in the post-match press conference.
Bairstow also heaped high praise on Sam Curran for his incredible and near-match-winning unbeaten 95 and his SunRisers Hyderbad teammate T Natarajan for nailing those yorkers under immense pressure in the final over.
“It was special from him [Curran] to take the game deep and his hitting was special. Obviously, credit to Nattu for nailing his yorkers. Obviously, everyone knows what Nattu does at the death. Fair play to him,” said Bairstow.
Overall, Jonny Bairstow finished with 219 runs in three matches at an average of 73 and a strike-rate of 120.32 with one fifty and a hundred.