Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow has been in fine form in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). His partnership with David Warner has been pivotal in the success of Hyderabad. They are currently in the fifth spot with eight points from as many as matches in this edition of the league.
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The star English cricketer so far has scored 365 runs from eight games at an average of 52.14 including a brilliant century. Meanwhile, there will be a massive void in the Sunrisers Hyderabad playing XI when Jonny Bairstow will leave India on April 23 join England’s World Cup camp later this month. Bairstow will play only two more games with the final match against Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
The fifth highest run-scorer in the IPL so far, Bairstow win the join the World Cup before playing ane one-off ODI against Ireland and then a five-match ODI series against Pakistan. Meanwhile, all the English players playing in the IPL will head back home during that phase.
With Jonny Bairstow leaving India, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s management will have their task cut will fill in the void.
Here is our pick for the two replacements of Jonny Bairstow in the Sunrisers Hyderabad playing XI:
The veteran New Zealand opener has been with the team since the start of the tournament and is known to these conditions. Moreover, Martin Guptill has been among runs before coming here playing an ODI series against Bangladesh.
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Warming the benches for most of the IPL, the Kiwi star will be raring to get some game time. He will look to score some runs and be in good strides ahead of the upcoming World Cup. The right-handed batsman has all the shots in his kitty and can forge a good opening partnership with Warner. Guptill has a good experience of playing in the IPL and can be a perfect replacement for the Jonny Bairstow.
Wriddhiman Saha has opened the inning for Sunrisers Hyderabad in previous editions and knows what it takes to bat higher up the order. Meanwhile, Saha is coming back from an injury and will be eager to score some runs and be in the excellent book of the selectors.
The Bengal wicket-keeper has scored runs in the domestic T20 championship – Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and will hope to carry on the same form. Saha has got a good practice being with Hyderabad squad right from the start and will be raring to get some game time.
However, Saha has been inconsistent which can go against him, but given his wicket-keeping abilities, the veteran cricketer can make it to the playing XI in place of Jonny Bairstow.