Jonny Bairstow Biography
Son of the former English wicketkeeper David Bairstow, Jonny Bairstow is a wicketkeeper-batsman who in no time has become a strong middle order batsman for the English team.
Born on 26 September 1989 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, Bairstow is a right handed batsman.
Jonny was an all-round sportsman at a very early age but he had special interests in Cricket.
He started playing for the Yorkshire and was named Young Wisden Schools cricketer of the year in 2007.
By this time, he had already played for Yorkshire’s Second XI and their academy side and also represented England Under-17.
The next year, he signed a full-time contract with Yorkshire. In 2009, he made his first class debut against Somerset and scored a decent 82.
In 2011, he was included in the England Lions tour of Caribbean.
Jonny made his ODI debut against India on September 16, 2011. In his very first match, he showed his skills and scored an aggressive 41 off just 21 deliveries.
Twelve days later, he made his T20I debut against West Indies. He didn’t get the chance to bat as England won the match by 10 wickets.
The next year, he made his Test debut against West Indies on May 17, 2012.
Rise to Glory
Bairstow became an important part of the team very quickly. In his very first match, he scored an unbeaten 41 off just 21 deliveries that earned him the Man of the Match award.
In the next month, he scored a 53 ball century against Hyderabad Cricket Association XI in a warm up game for a series against India.
Soon, he became an indispensable part of the team. He was also included in the squad for the 2012 ICC World T20.
A low point also came in his career at the very start. Because of his first innings, everybody started seeing in him a specialist batsman, but the succeeding tough tour to India told a different story. Then, when he was called to the test team in the series against WI, it didn’t go well for him and he ended up with just 38 runs at an average of 12.66.
So far in his career, he hasn’t played for many clubs. He has been playing for Yorkshire throughout his life. Recently, he also played for Peshawar Zalmi franchise.
Jonny's Record in Numbers
Jonny holds the unique record of being the only English wicket-keeper to claim nine dismissals in a Test match twice.
He did it once against South Africa in 2016 and then against Sri Lanka in the same year. With 70 dismissals in the year 2016, he set the record for the most number of dismissals in a calendar year by a wicketkeeper.
Moreover, he also holds the record for the most number of runs scored by a wicket-keeper in Test matches in a single year. He scored 1,470 runs in the year 2017, almost doubling the English record and surpassing the international record by almost 400 runs.