IPL 2019: 3 teams that should eye Jonny Bairstow in the auction
The England international is one of the most explosive top-order batsmen playing the game today and is a must-have for most IPL teams looking for a batsman.
Updated - Dec 2, 2018 3:20 pm
IPL 2019 is expected to be different from other editions due to multiple reasons like India may not host it and the tournament may begin earlier than usual. The auction is going to be held in Jaipur on the 18th of this month, in which many players, including the flamboyant England opener, Jonny Bairstow will go under the hammer. The 29-year-old has been in fine touch recently, hitting the bowlers mercilessly all around the ground.
He scored some memorable runs in the ODIs versus Australia in June earlier this year at a strike-rate exceeding 130, that is pretty good even by T20 standards, and is expected to do the same in IPL. The opening batsman’s flamboyance makes him one of the favourites in getting some big bucks while under the hammer. Here we take a look at the top three teams that should pick Jonny Bairstow to strengthen their squads:
1. Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders has been one of the more successful teams in the IPL, with two tournament wins out of eleven. The Shah Rukh Khan co-owned team has been lacking a proper opening pair for a couple of seasons in a row now. In 2017, after Chris Lynn injured himself, they gambled with Sunil Narine as their opener, and in 2018, after Gautam Gambhir was gone, they were forced to do the same again.
Thankfully for the Knights, it didn’t backfire as much as people would have thought, but there was always that risk factor involved, that Jonny Bairstow’s inclusion in the squad could say goodbye to. Looking at KKR’s budget going into the auction and their team composition, it is clear that Bairstow’s addition to the team is only capable of doing good to the franchise.
One can only imagine the magnitude of destruction if Bairstow and Lynn open together and both click. Although the two-time champions already have two wicketkeepers, Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa, in the squad, Bairstow can come in and keep wickets as well.