IPL 2019: Won’t forget hundred vs RCB for a very long time, says Jonny Bairstow

first_img‘A day I’ll never forget’ posted Jonny Bairstow on his social media accounts hours after hitting his maiden IPL hundred against Virat Kohli’s Bangalore last Sunday. Having not got a chance in the past to board the flight from London and feature in the premier T20 tournament, it was time for Bairstow to be over the moon.”After not being picked up at the auction last year, I wasn’t necessarily sure it will happen this time around. Obviously for the Sunrisers (Hyderabad) to put the paddle up for me and to be here and play the first three games has been really pleasing. To score a hundred against Bangalore on your home ground in your first IPL is definitely something special and definitely something I won’t forget for a very, very, very long time,” Bairstow told India Today in an exclusive interview.Just like any other cricketer, securing his first IPL contract was a huge moment in the England wicketkeeper-batsman’s career. And, Bairstow made his presence felt immediately. Having amassed 198 runs from the first three matches, Jonny Bairstow is the league’s second highest run-getter right now, just behind his opening partner David Warner.”The guys (England teammates) speak very fondly of the competition. We hear about the IPL in the dressing room quite a bit. The experiences that the guys have gained from playing here is something that is world renowned now. It is the best T20 competition in the world, the toughest as well. It is most fiercely contested as you have the best players from all over the world coming and playing in it. So to be playing in it right now is great fun. Hopefully, I can keep playing, enjoying and relishing it,” Bairstow said.advertisementBut what everyone is talking about from the banks of River Thames to Darling Harbour is his record-breaking opening partnerships with Warner. The Hyderabad duo has stitched together three consecutive 100-plus opening stands, a record in the IPL. Also, their 185-run partnership was the highest-ever for first wicket in the history of the tournament. Bairstow also matching the usually more-aggressive Warner stroke-for-stroke.”In the first two games, I was trying to do that. In the last game, he was doing the same for me. So that is the good thing about a partnership. Sometimes one batsman gets off to a good start and the other plays a second fiddle. The other day we were both scoring at a good rate. Yeah, for him (Warner) to score a hundred as well was really good for the side. There is a reason why he has the Orange Cap at the moment. He is playing really well and striking the ball very clean.”It is good that to have something like that for a longer period of time. To get those records is pleasing but at the same time we are only three games into the tournament and have a long way to go,” he said.The 29-year-old is only the third Englishman to score a hundred in the IPL after Kevin Pietersen and Ben Stokes – a “good group to join” he says. Right now though, Bairstow is busy tackling the April heat and, at the same time, enjoying the sights, sounds, food, culture and ‘fanatic’ cricket fans of India.”Yes, it was very hot, especially for a ginger Englishman (laughs), when we got that record opening stand in Hyderabad. But, I have played at Hyderabad before when we came for the England tour and knew how hot and humid it can be. Fortunately, we just came back off from playing in Sri Lanka and the West Indies which was very warm as well. You just have to make sure that you are doing the right things, taking the right fluids and food and it will help you throughout the game. That didn’t necessarily help when we were taking so many twos out there though. It was good fun.”Bairstow, like most of the foreign players in the IPL, would leave his franchise around April 25 to return to England and prepare for the World Cup at home.”It is an exciting switch again. We have got an ODI series against Pakistan coming up and two warm-up games before the World Cup. Then we go straight in to the big tournament. It will be an exciting summer, especially in the white ball cricket. It feels nice to see people talking about us being one of the favourites. We’ll see how it goes. It is exciting to be in and around those talks but at the same time we know that it is a huge amount of cricket to be played in the World Cup and anyone can beat anyone.”advertisementAlso Read | Jonny Bairstow only the 3rd Englishman to hit hundred in IPLAlso Read | Bairstow-Warner bromance before Ashes wins hearts on social mediaAlso Read | Bairstow, Warner hundreds power SRH to massive win over RCBlast_img read more

Neymar makes peace with Barca’s Bartomeu

first_imgNeymar ‘I spoke to Bartomeu in a normal fashion’ – Neymar offers olive branch to Barca president Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 2 years ago 05:47 10/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG star Neymar Getty Neymar PSG Olympique Marseille v PSG Ligue 1 Olympique Marseille Barcelona The Brazilian’s Camp Nou exit was marked by a war of words with the Catalan chief, but he attempted to cool tensions at the Best FIFA awards on Monday Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar has revealed he held a “normal” conversation with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the first contact between the pair since he left Camp Nou. The world-record transfer that brought the Brazilian to Parc des Princes was surrounded by reports of a falling out with the Catalan supremo. Neymar 11/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Bartomeu had stated after the deal was done that the club had “trusted too much” in Neymar and his father, words that Neymar slammed as a “joke” on social media. But speaking at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London, the PSG man offered an olive branch to his adversary. “I spoke to Bartomeu in a normal fashion,” he explained to Radio Marca after making the top three in the Best Men’s Player category, alongside Lionel Messi and eventual winner Cristiano Ronaldo. Neymar also commented on his friendship with Messi, and stated that the pair avoided the subject of football as they caught up in London. “We didn’t speak about football, only other things,” he revealed. “He is my friend and wherever we are, we will be together.” Both Messi and Neymar were left watching as Ronaldo reclaimed the trophy he won in 2016, and the Brazilian believes that Real Madrid’s Champions League win played a large part in that. “Yeah, it weighs a lot, of course, the Champions League,” he added to reporters after the ceremony.”I congratulate him, he deserves this, he has done a lot in football, he is a very respected guy and with Messi he is one of the two stars of world football, and I am very, very happy to be in the final three.”last_img read more