The Indian Premier League is the grandest T20 competition on earth right now. Earlier today, the auction for the IPL media rights concluded, where the BCCI made massive profits. It is one of the most watched sports leagues in the world, but some cricket experts of England opined that English players should not play IPL and focus on Test cricket. Today, Jonny Bairstow played a whirlwind knock to help England win in Tests.
Bairstow was one of the few players from the England cricket team’s Test lineup to play in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League. He turned up for the Punjab Kings this year and had a decent season.
Earlier today in Nottingham, the England cricket team needed 299 runs to win against the New Zealand cricket team. Only 72 overs remained, and last year, the English team went for a draw against the same opponents in a similar situation.
This year, under new coach Brendon McCullum and new captain Ben Stokes, the English team chased 299 runs in 50 overs, riding on a quickfire ton from Jonny Bairstow. He set a new record for the fastest Test hundred by an England player in the 21st century.
Alexandra Hartley and Wasim Jaffer posted interesting tweets after Jonny Bairstow helped England win
Jonny Bairstow destroyed the New Zealand cricket team’s bowling lineup, scoring at a strike rate of 147.83. He hit 14 fours and seven maximums in his quickfire innings.
Soon after England won the match, the women’s team player and big Chennai Super Kings fan Alexandra Hartley wrote on Twitter:
“Who said the IPL doesn’t prepare players for Test match cricket.”
Who said the IPL doesn’t prepare players for Test match cricket 👀 #ENGvsNZAdvertisement
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) June 14, 2022
Former Indian cricket team opener Wasim Jaffer had the following reaction to the win:
“June 2021: NZ set Eng 273 in 75 overs. Eng bat out a draw scoring 170/3 (70). June 2022: NZ set Eng 299 in 72 overs. Eng chase it down in 50 overs! What changed? Mindset.”
June 2021: NZ set Eng 273 in 75 overs. Eng bat out a draw scoring 170/3 (70).
June 2022: NZ set Eng 299 in 72 overs. Eng chase it down in 50 overs!Advertisement
What changed? Mindset. #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/zOMbJMB51I
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) June 14, 2022Advertisement