[caption id="attachment_841732" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-841732" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Jonny-Bairstow.jpg" alt="Jonny Bairstow Sunrisers Hyderabad" width="628" height="355" /> Jonny Bairstow (AFP photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>England wicketkeeper-batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jonathan-bairstow/news/">Jonny Bairstow</a>, who was in stupendous form in the ongoing edition of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/indian-premier-league-2019-200997/">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL), has hailed the tournament, saying it helps in developing skills. <p></p> <p></p>Bairstow amassed 445 runs in the 10 matches he played in his debut IPL season for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sunrisers-hyderabad/news/">Sunrisers Hyderabad</a> (SRH). <p></p> <p></p>Bairstow and Australia's <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/david-warner/news/">David Warner</a> were, without any doubt, the most destructive opening pair in this IPL edition as they scored bulk of the runs for SRH and helped them to qualify for the playoffs. <p></p> <p></p>Speaking to <em>Sky Sports</em>, Bairstow said: "You go to the IPL to develop your skills, to put them up against the best in the world." <p></p> <p></p>"We saw Jos (Buttler) coming back into the Test side last summer after a brilliant IPL. The competition over there can only improve your skills," he added. <p></p> <p></p>For last two and a half years, Bairstow has been a solid presence at the top of England's order in ODI cricket. In 59 ODIs, he averages 46.04 and has six centuries to his name. <p></p> <p></p>When quizzed about which one would he pick between Ashes and World Cup, the wicketkeeper-batsman replied: "I am going World Cup because it's been so long since we've had an opportunity to win one." <p></p> <p></p>"I think that the amount of work that has gone into this group of players over the last couple of years, building and building, I firmly believe we've put an amount of effort in that gives us the best chance," he added. <p></p> <p></p>England will play two warm-up games against Australia and Afghanistan before starting their World Cup campaign against South Africa on May 30 at The Oval.