When a hitter is in the form that Jonny Bairstow was in on Sunday on Day 3 of the fifth and final Test of the Pataudi Trophy series at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, famed Indian bowler Mohammed Siraj emphasised the need of patience. At the conclusion of the third evening’s play, Siraj was more complimentary of the outstanding Indian batsman while claiming that, in contrast to Bairstow, bowling to him becomes more “irritating.”
On Day 3, England’s batsman went absolutely nuts against India, saving his team from a follow-on on a worrying batting day for the hosts.
He struck 106 off 140, his fifth century of 2022 and third in a row in Test cricket after scoring back-to-back hundreds in the two-match New Zealand series last month. During his exciting performance, he hit 14 boundaries and two sixes.
Siraj, who has taken the most wickets for India in this Test match, acknowledged that the bowlers were unaffected by Bairstow’s performance.
“We bowlers simply had to maintain our patience. Since the New Zealand series, Bairstow has been playing consistently aggressive batting. We knew he had a lot of confidence “After the third day of competition on Sunday, Siraj stated.
“Our strategy was to keep to our fundamentals. No matter what he did, we just maintained having faith in our talent because all it took was one ball, whether it was an inswinger or one that was seaming in off the ground.
“Beating a batter numerous times is usual in England; you simply need to be patient and focus on your technique,” he continued.
India won the first innings despite Bairstow’s efforts as England collapsed for 284. India then scored 125 runs to the total while losing three wickets, giving them a 257-run advantage so far. At stumps, Rishabh Pant (30 batting) and Cheteshwar Pujara were both batting on 50, and Siraj was full of praise for the experienced batsman, calling him as a warrior.
“He’s a fighter, Pujara. He did it in Australia, and he is doing it here as well. He constantly gets up when the team asks for it. He is constantly there to handle the difficult circumstance.
Indeed, Siraj remarked, “bowling to him is challenging; he doesn’t attack much and simply keeps leaving balls, so it can get annoying in the nets.