SunRisers Hyderabad would hope for nothing but that Jonny Bairstow carries his excellent white-ball form for England into IPL 2021 too. Jonny Bairstow followed his explosive knock of 94 in the first ODI to hammer a match-winning hundred in the second as England beat India by six wickets to level the three-match series. Ahead of IPL 2021, Jonny Bairstow remains optimistic about SunRisers’ chances of winning the tournament.
Jonny Bairstow forged a formidable opening combination with David Warner in IPL 2019 as they both steamrolled bowling attacks. The right-handed batsman finished with 445 runs from ten matches at 55.63, keeping a strike rate of 157.24. While Bairstow remained out of IPL 2020 towards the end, he remains a crucial part of the SunRisers’ line-up. The Hyderabad-based franchise retained Bairstow ahead of the 14th edition.
Jonny Bairstow began with admiring IPL, stating that it’s a terrific competition to be part of and every international player wishes to participate. He said that he feels excited as they did well last year and senses an opportunity in 2021 too. The 31-year old also lauded the owners for doing some good signings in the auction and hope for the men in their armoury to deliver compelling performances to lead them to the title.
“IPL is a fantastic tournament to be involved in, every international cricketer in the world wants to be involved in the IPL. I will be joining with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the next week or so. I am really excited as we did pretty well last year and I think we have got a good chance again this year. There have been some really good signings and also performances and if we can put them in together as unite and carry on from last year that will be an exciting place to be,” Bairstow told during a press conference.
I would like to have most ODI hundreds for England: Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow expressed his wish to have the most ODI tons for England and his 11th scored on Friday is only six adrift of Joe Root’s figures. The Yorkshire batsman stated that he is glad about those figures; however, he accepted that it means nothing if England don’t win.
“Naturally, I would like to have most ODI hundreds for England. Yes, I’m happy, that’s the biggest thing since opening the batting. I am happy with those figures, but those figures mean nothing if you don’t win. I’m really enjoying my game,” he added.