He has sacrificed his batting position for one of his teammates in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. He is none other than Mayank Agarwal, who has demoted himself in the batting order for the sake of Jonny Bairstow.
The England wicket-keeper could not contribute down the order as he has been highly successful as an opener. Mayank realized the need of the hour and gave away his position for the sake of Bairstow.
His act didn’t go unnoticed, and former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has lauded the Punjab captain for being selfless.
“Want to see a true team man/leader? Look no further than Mayank Agarwal, sacrificing the opening position at which he has been hugely successful to offer Bairstow the best chance to flourish. So along with ‘well played’ Jonny, let’s also say well done Mayank,” he wrote.
Bairstow’s attacking batting played a key role in PBKS’ victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore, which kept the Mayank Agarwal-led team alive in the competition.