• Saturday, April 13, 2024


Not afraid of failing, just want to put pressure on opposition: Jonny Bairstow following win over IND

Jonny Bairstow was adjudged as the ‘Man of the Match’ for his twin centuries, scoring 106 and 114* in both the innings.

England’s Jonny Bairstow (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Melvin Samuel

Following his side’s seven-wicket win over India, England batter Jonny Bairstow said that he is not afraid of failing and just wants to put pressure on the opposition.

A 269-run partnership between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow helped England create history, with the side completing their highest successful run chase ever in the longest format of the game with a seven-wicket win over India in the fifth and final Test of the series at Edgbaston in Birmingham. They were able to successfully chase down the target of 378 runs set by India.

 This win comes after England was bundled out for 284 in the second innings of the game, trailing the game by 132 runs after India posted a massive 416 in the first innings. India was bundled out for 245 in the third innings of the match, setting a target of 378 for England to win.

With this, England has levelled the series 2-2, denying India their first series win on English soil since 2007. They have also completed the most successful run chase at Edgbaston. India has also been handed over their first Test loss while defending a total of 350 or more.

Jonny Bairstow was adjudged as the ‘Man of the Match’ for his twin centuries, scoring 106 and 114* in both the innings. He ended the series with 404 runs in five matches at an average of 50.50. He scored two centuries and one fifty in the series, with the best individual score of 114*.

“It is great fun at the moment. The last month has been fantastic for the lads and the smiles on their faces when everyone does well is a massive part of it. I am stripping it back to the basics. The last few years have been tough on me but the last few months have been fantastic. Fair play to everyone who went through that. To the crowd as well: Day five was over in 90 minutes. I just have an enjoyment factor now. I am not afraid of failing and just want to put pressure on the opposition,” said Bairstow in a post-match presentation.

“We are going to lose games with the approach we have, but it is a positive fun brand of cricket to play. The chase was all under control (laughs). They have some world-class bowlers and you just have to soak the pressure. They try to intimidate, they have some fantastic players and it was about trying to shift the pressure on them. There are going to be phases when they are going to play really well. There was a period when it started reversing as well.

And today morning was a different morning. Root and I are just two lads from Yorkshire. We have grown up playing together and spent a lot of time together from the Yorkshire academy days to the Test team now. Special to play with him,” he added.


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