‘He can feel free to call me’: Jonny Bairstow hits back at Sunil Gavaskar for ‘uninterested’ comment

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Jonny Bairstow has hit back at Sunil Gavaskar for saying he’s “uninterested” in Test cricket and stated that the previous India nice can give him a call if he needs to learn about his pursuits within the longest format.

Speaking after smashing a 112-ball 124 in England’s win within the 2nd ODI on Friday, Bairstow stated: “Yeah, he’s more than welcome to give me a ring and ask me about my will to do well in Test cricket and my enjoyment in Test cricket.”

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Bairstow was reacting to feedback Gavaskar had made after the England batsman had been dismissed off Ravichandran Ashwin within the second innings of the ultimate Test in Ahmedabad. Gavaskar had remarked that Bairstow appeared “uninterested” throughout his keep at the crease.

“You have not scored a run, and just come in and pushed at it, as if there was no fielder at backward short leg. It looked to me as if it was the shot of a person uninterested,” Gavaskar had stated.

“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. Uninterested,” he had added.

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Bairstow responded when being requested about Gavaskar’s feedback that he had not heard what had been stated however that there was no communication between the 2 of them on the matter.

“First of all, I hadn’t heard what he said. Secondly, I’m interested in knowing how an opinion can be made especially when there has been no correspondence or communication between him (Gavaskar) and me… As I said, my phone is on and if he just wants to give me a call or a message, he can feel free to do,” he stated.

(With PTI inputs)

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