Jonny Bairstow has been continually shining with the willow in the white-ball cricket ever since he was promoted as an opener by England in 2017. The wicket-keeper batsman has now become a premier choice in the national line-up and even Bairstow lived up with the expectations every time.
At the moment, Bairstow is playing in the ongoing five-match One Day International series in Sri Lanka and yet again showed his supremacy with the bat against the spin attack.
The Yorkshire batsman in Dambulla scored 26 off 40 balls, but that helped him to achieve a couple of milestone in the One Day cricket. The 29-year-old became the first cricketer on Saturday (October 13) to complete 1000 ODI runs in the calendar year 2018.
There are four other batsmen –Joe Root (871 runs) at number two, Jason Roy (804 runs) at number three, and Shikhar Dhawan (785 runs) at third, while Virat Kohli (749 runs) is the fourth man in the list of the highest run scorer in ODI this year.
The right-hander has also become the first Englishman to have managed to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year, as well as, only the sixth – David Gower, Chris Broad, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, and Jonathan Trott to achieve the landmark in the format from his country. Bairstow overtook Trott's milestone, which he achieved in 2011, finished off the year with a massive 1,315 runs in the ODI.
With the 1021 runs in 2018 so far, Bairstow is also only the second England opener to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year only behind Chris Broad, who scored 1047 runs in 26 ODIs in 1987, and he is on the line to achieve that as well, as there are still three more matches left in this year.
Bairstow has also completed 2000 ODI runs, achieved the milestone in only 49 innings which is bettered by only seven players with the record is held by South Africa’s Hashim Amla in 40 innings.
Noteworthy, Bairstow has four centuries and two fifties in 50-over cricket with a top score of 139 against Australia at Trent Bridge in June to his name this year.
(Input: The Cricketer)