The right-handed batsman registered three ducks in the last two tests against the hosts and former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar had said the batsman looked “uninterested” in the crease while he was there.
In response to Gavaskar’s comments, after leading England to a thrilling second ODI victory, Bairstow said: “First, no, I hadn’t heard that, and second, I’m interested in how to give an opinion, especially if there is one there was no correspondence and communication between him and me.
“Well, he’s more than welcome to call me and I’ll talk to him about my willingness to do well in test cricket and the joy I get from playing test cricket. Like I said, my phone is on. If he wants he can call me or send me a message, “he added.
Bairstow and Ben Stokes played with 124 and 99 strokes respectively as England pursued the 337-run goal with the utmost ease in the second ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. England was in the chase from the start when the openers sewed a 110-run stand for the first wicket. Pointing all guns at the Indian bowlers, Bairstow credited visitors with the depth of pitch for playing fearless cricket.
“We have Adil Rashid coming in at 10 or 11 am. Adil has 10 of their own top-notch hundreds. To have that kind of player at 10 or 11 am, not many teams around the world have that,” Bairstow said during the virtual Press conference.
“When you combine that with the rulers in Moeen Ali, the Curran brothers, the list can go on. Yes, that definitely gives you a lot of confidence knowing the batting team is strong,” he added.
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