ENG v NZ: There were a lot of people saying I should not be at the IPL – Jonny Bairstow after his 77-ball hundred

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Everyone knew how good Jonny Bairstow is with the bat in limited overs cricket. The way he played on the last day in the second test match against New Zealand, he proved once again that he can play according to the situations irrespective of formats. He came to bat when England were 4 wickets down for 93 and smashed the cricket ball all around the park to bring up his century in just 77 balls. England reached the target of 299 in 50 overs. He scored 136 runs in 92 balls.

After the match Bairstow taked about the IPL which was quoted by mirror.co.uk “There were a lot of people that were saying I should not be at the IPL and I should be playing county cricket.”

“But there’s also elements to it where you are playing against the best in the world at the IPL. So being able to have those gears, to be able to go and switch them up, switch them down is important. Yes, people say it would be fantastic if you had four games of red-ball cricket under your belt. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen in the current scheduling of everything around the world,” 

Bairstow added.

Jonny played 11 innings for Punjab Kings in the IPL 2022 and scored 253 runs at a strike rate of 144.57.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to play in some of the best competitions against the best players in the world. So when it comes to pressure situations, the more and more you’re able to put yourself under those pressure situations, the better. Because it’s those situations that you’ve gone through in the past whether that be in the IPL, one-day cricket, or red-ball cricket previously that you’re able to call upon for evenings like that,” he added.

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