Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Jonny Bairstow Saturday expressed his desire to help the team win the next two games and take few steps closer to making the IPL play-offs before heading back to join England’s World Cup camp.
Bairstow will play two more games for the Sunrisers — against Kolkata Knight Riders here Sunday and against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Chennai April 23.
After that he will go back home to prepare for the World Cup, beginning May 30 in UK, with the rest of the England ODI squad.
“So far it has gone well. To be in the top five leading run scorers…it is really very pleasing. Hopefully I can finish on a high in the next two games as well and we could be in the position to make the play-offs by the time I leave,” said Bairstow.
All the English players featuring in the ongoing IPL are supposed to be back in England.
Currently placed fifth on the highest run-scorer’s list in the ongoing IPL, Bairstow’s absence will be a big blow for the Sunrisers. In his debut IPL season for the Hyderabad-based franchise, the opener has scored 365 runs so far in eight games at an average of 52.14, including a hundred and a half-century.