IPL 2020: Why Jonny Bairstow was dropped from the playing XI against Delhi Capitals

By Bet Barter

October 29, 2020

The England star player Jonny Bairstow, who played exceptionally well in the 2019 World Cup, is now leaving his mark for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020. He has been doing extraordinary to prop Hyderabad up and has scored 345 runs in 11 matches he has played up until this point. SRH’s most recent match was against Delhi Capitals, where they smashed them by 88 runs. It was an important win to continue moving in the 2020 season.

However, Bairstow was dropped from the playing XI for the game, and many were astounded with Wriddhiman Saha replacing him as an opener. SRH’s head coach Trevor Bayliss and Captain David Warner have cleared that Bairstow was dropped because of strategic reasons. Saha played a game dominating knock of 87 off 45 and imparted a 107-run stand with Warner to enable the group to post a monstrous 219 on the board.

Bayliss cleared that they needed to play an all-rounder in Jason Holder in the center and Kane Williamson has additionally been batting great. This was the reason why Bairstow couldn’t make the playing XI. An all-rounder in the center would give the team some additional bowling. It gives it another alternative with five bowlers in addition to Vijay Shankar. From Jonny’s perspective, that implied one of the main three hitters needed to pass up a major opportunity.

Kane Williamson has been batting very well for the SRH team. The other abroad player was David Warner, so Jonny was the one left out on this event.

David Warner feels it was a tough call to drop Bairstow

After winning the match by a tremendous edge, SRH’s NRR improved. They are currently in the 6th spot in the points table and still alive in the rush to playoffs. For qualifying to the top four, they have to win all matches remaining. Captain David Warner likewise added on why they needed to keep Bairstow out. Warner said that sitting Jonny out of the playing XI was an intense call. Bairstow was playing really well so far in the IPL 2020. SRH felt choosing Kane would be better for the team combination.

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