Jonny Bairstow responds to Sunil Gavaskar criticism after helping England smash India in second ODI

England’s Jonny Bairstow has responded to criticism from India legend Sunil Gavaskar (Picture: ECB)

Jonny Bairstow has responded after Sunil Gavaskar claimed he looked ‘uninterested’ during England’s Test series defeat to India.

Bairstow struggled during England’s recent 3-1 loss, scoring just 28 runs in four innings after being rested for the first two Tests.

After Bairstow was dismissed for a sixth duck in nine Test innings against India, Gavaskar said: ‘It looked to me as if it was the shot of a person disinterested.

‘What’s he trying to do? First ball, he should be looking to play a soft defensive shot. There is a fielder there at backward short leg. “Never mind if I get a duck, I will go back to England, start scoring runs and I will be back in the frame.” Uninterested.’

Bairstow says he was not aware of the comments at the time and appeared surprised by the criticism when it was put to him following England’s victory over India in the second one-day international on Friday.

The Yorkshireman scored a brilliant century in Pune as England chased India’s 336 with six wickets and 39 balls to spare, setting up a series decider on Sunday.

Bairstow said: ‘First of all, no, I hadn’t heard that [the comments from Gavaskar].

Gavaskar slammed Bairstow during England’s Test series defeat (Picture: Getty)

‘Secondly, I’m interested as to how that opinion has been made, especially as there’s been no correspondence or conversation between myself and him.

‘He’s more than welcome to give me a ring and I’ll speak to him about my will and want to do well in Test cricket and the enjoyment I get from playing Test cricket.

‘As I say, my phone is on so if he wants to give me a call or drop me a message, feel free.’

After winning the first ODI against England, India made a strong start to the second match, with KL Rahul’s century and a 40-ball 77 from Rishabh Pant taking the hosts to 336-6.

Bairstow and Ben Stokes powered England to victory in the second ODI (Picture: Getty)

But partnerships of 110 between Bairstow and Jason Roy (55) and 175 between Bairstow and Ben Stokes (99) saw England stroll to an impressive victory.

It was Bairstow’s 11th ODI century and the 31-year-old insists he is targeting team-mate Joe Root’s England record of 16.

‘I’m happy with how I’m playing and I’m happy with those figures, but they mean nothing if you don’t keep converting in the future,’ he said.

‘Naturally, you would like to have the most ODI hundreds for England.’

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