England opener Jonny Bairstow feels he has raised his game by batting with Australia’s David Warner for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Bairstow’s brilliant 128 off just 93 deliveries helped the World Cup hosts England to dominate over Pakistan as they handed them a six-wicket loss in the third ODI on Tuesday, 14th May.
When asked about the IPL helping him find form as he scored 445 runs in 10 games at an average of 55.62, the Yorkshireman replied, “You’re able to learn different things from different coaches and different players. It’s just little things like game plans. He (Warner) hits in completely different areas to potentially myself. I guess its method more than anything else. But learning from them, as well as the guys here, that can only be a good thing playing under pressure with expectation.”
Bairstow was not happy on losing his wicket to Junaid Khan, when asked about that, the 29-year-old said, “I was cross because you want to see that through. You want to be going on and getting 160 or 170, and potentially 200 and seeing your team through.”
“That’s where we’re at as a group of players at the moment, having competition to go and get the 150s and 160s and beyond. We are backing ourselves and competition is healthy all the way through. That’s a good place to be and I was cross about it,” said the Englishman after the chase.
(With PTI inputs)