Jonny Bairstow has stated that he and David Warner have forged a good friendship and compliment each other well while batting for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Warner, too, reiterated the same feeling about Bairstow and added that he wanted to bat the entire 20 overs to smooth the run-chase.
Bairstow and Warner have been a force to be reckoned with this IPL. While the Australian has been the highest run-scorer this season so far, Bairstow is third on the list with 365 runs from eight matches. That made sure that Sunrisers Hyderabad have had a brilliant top-order, and despite their fragile middle-order, the 2016 champions sit at the fifth position on the table by winning four matches and losing as many matches. The Englishman has stated that he is enjoying being there in the middle, alongside the Australian, he had a past history with.
"I was very pleased to be there till the end. Someone from the top four needed to be there and I am really happy I was the one. I think it's handy to have a right hand-left hand combination. We (Warner and himself) complement each other really well,” Bairstow was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
"I think we have got a very good team. Today our bowlers did well to restrict them in the last 11 or 12 overs; they're improving with every game. It's a pleasure to play here, in front of these fans with the Orange Army behind us. We were a bit ruthless today."
While the world is now celebrating Tiger Woods winning his first Masters 11 years after last winning a major and 24 months after conceding to friends “I’m done”, it is easy to undervalue Warner’s comeback. The Aussie was damned by everyone for his involvement and most importantly instigating of the usage of sandpaper in that fateful afternoon in South Africa. However, Warner is not letting the emotion leave him and enjoying every bit of it.
"Great support, even though there is plenty of yellow, they are a fantastic crowd. Sometimes in our chases, we have been a bit hesitant and that's why I tried to bat 20 overs. Against the Kings, I thought the wicket was a bit tough. Credit to Jonny, we complement each other really well.
"I have two beautiful children, one more on the way, and a beautiful wife and I can't thank them enough. I have fantastic support from over the world and it has been overwhelming here in India," he said with a smile.
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