Jonny Bairstow IPL 2022: Punjab Kings (PBKS) newest recruit Jonny Bairstow has enjoyed a remarkable comeback into the England Test team in the recent few months. He composed a brilliant century during the final Ashes Test match against Australia and also went on to score a fabulous hundred in the recently concluded Test series in West Indies. While talking about the performance of Punjab Kings in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) season, they have managed to win two out of their three games so far.
The good news for the Punjab Kings is that their premier batsman Jonny Bairstow is available for selection and has completed his mandatory isolation period. Bairstow is expected to be included in the PBKS playing 11 for the upcoming IPL match against Gujarat Titans (GT) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on 8 April, 2022 (Friday). The English wicket-keeper batsman is very much likely to replace Bhanuka Rajapaksa who has scored as many as 83 runs in the last three matches.
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While playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Jonny Bairstow played some crucial knocks during the IPL 2021 season. The swashbuckling right-handed batsman smashed a total of 248 runs from just 7 games at an impressive strike-rate of more than 140. The Punjab Kings bought Jonny Bairstow in the IPL 2022 Mega auction for a whopping amount of INR 6.75 Crore.
Jonny Bairstow Stats in IPL
|Matches||Runs||Strike-Rate||IPL 2021 Performance||Recent Form|
|28||1038||142.19||248 runs (7 games)||0, 22, 20, 29, 140, 15*, 106*|
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With the inclusion of Jonny Bairstow in the Punjab Kings playing XI, it will be really interesting to see who takes the wicket-keeping duties as debutant Jitesh Sharma was the keeper during the last match against Chennai Super Kings.
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1. Shikhar Dhawan
2. Mayank Agarwal (C)
3. Jonny Bairstow (wk)
4. Liam Livingstone
5. Shahrukh Khan
6. Odean Smith
7. Jitesh Sharma
8. Vaibhav Arora
9. Kagiso Rabada
10. Rahul Chahar
11. Arshdeep Singh
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PBKS 2022 squad: Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Rahul Chahar, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Prabsimran Singh, Ishan Porel, Jitesh Sharma, Liam Livingstone, Odean Smith, Sandeep Sharma, Raj Angad Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Prerak Mankad, Vaibhav Arora, Writtick Chatterjee, Baltej Dhanda, Ansh Patel, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Taide, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Benny Howell.
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