The England International has been in blistering form, Scoring a ton against Australia in the recently concluded T20 series. Sunrisers Hyderabad will keep their fingers crossed that his form continues into the IPL season.
When you ponder upon the idea of fearless cricket, many names might circle your mind. For some people it might be a fearless all-rounder like Ben Stokes or a man of yesteryear like Shahid Afridi, For some it might represent an ideology that teams have displayed in the past, The likes of team India in the 2007 world cup or the Rajasthan Royals in the 2008 IPL season comes to mind.
Teams playing without any fear is a delight to watch, When they have more then just the big bucks to play for, It’s therefore understood that teams that might have very little to none expectations from them are supposed to be flag-bearers in this aspect, But what happens when the world expects you to win, When you are considered favorites and are supposed to make it a cake-walk, One team that might be quite familiar to this dilemma might be the England Cricket team, The team skippered by Eoin Morgan had it all to do when England was chosen as the venue for Cricket World Cup 2019, But instead of going into their shells, they came out strong and stood up when it mattered the most. This is the team that for many neutral cricket fans as well that signifies true fearlessness.
One of the many various factors that lends this attribute to the team are their players, One such player that has been catching the eyes off late is Jonny Bairstow. Now to the naked eye he might appear just like a player in form that might be striking it big at this moment, But to all those that are driven more by data his play is much more fearless compared to any other current International player of substantial experience.
With having played more then 120 limited overs games, It’s quite astonishing to observe that the lad from Bradford has maintained a strike rate over 100 in ODI’s and 135 in T20’S, But what might not be displayed on various statistical websites is the counter attack of Jonny Bairstow after he gets beaten, or for that matter his percentage runs in boundaries, Today for example, after being beaten on a couple of wrong-runs against Yuzvendra Chahal the Wicket-keeper batsmen answered back with a six, It certainly reminded some SRH fans of his Australian counterpart Adam Gilchrist.
The guy simply doesn’t backdown, Toss it up it’s into the stands, Bowl a bouncer , He has the short arm jab in his Armory, miss the Yorker, The ramp comes out. What catalyses his ability is the fact that he doesn’t care about the reputation of the bowler, but actually plays each ball on it’s merit. His knack of bringing up crucial milestones by hitting the ball in the stands is also something that is similar to another modern day great, Virendra Sehwag. Jonny Bairstow for now has a mammoth reputation to live upto, Let’s leave it at that.