PBKS vs MI, IPL 2024: Why is Jonny Bairstow not playing today’s IPL match?

Published on: Apr 18, 2024 7:08 pm IST|Updated on: Apr 18, 2024 7:10 pm IST

why jonny bairstow not playing today's IPL 2024 match

In a notable change to the Punjab Kings (PBKS) lineup for today’s IPL match against Mumbai Indians, Jonny Bairstow finds himself dropped from the playing XI.

PBKS vs MI, IPL 2024: Why is Jonny Bairstow not playing today?

Bairstow’s exclusion comes after a string of underwhelming performances in the tournament, having managed just 96 runs in six matches at an average of 16 with the bat.

The decision to drop Bairstow reflects PBKS’s desire to inject fresh energy and firepower into their batting order. Despite being a proven performer in T20 cricket, Bairstow has struggled to find his rhythm in the IPL 2024 season, failing to make significant contributions with the bat. As PBKS aims to turn their fortunes around and secure vital victories in the tournament, they have opted for a change in their batting lineup.

Stepping into Bairstow’s shoes for today’s match is Rilee Rossouw, who gets a chance to make an impact in the PBKS colors. Rossouw, known for his aggressive batting style and ability to score quick runs, brings a wealth of experience to the table, having previously represented teams in various T20 leagues around the world.

Sam Curran: We will have a bowl. Keeping up with the trend of the tournament. Shikhar is not well, so that’s the only injury and Rilee comes in for Jonny today. It is not nice to lose the close games but we are doing a lot of things right. Taide drops out of the side, just a couple of tactical changes.

PBKS Playing XI

Rilee Rossouw, Prabhsimran Singh, Sam Curran(c), Jitesh Sharma(w), Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Ashutosh Sharma, Harpreet Brar, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh

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