Death, Jonny Bairstow reveals it all: From father’s suicide to Mom’s cancer relapse to Ian Bell-worship

By | January 8, 2022

The Ashes is a-month-and-half away. Australia hope to reclaim the urn the way they did in 2013-14. England hope to repeat their 2010-11 feat. The controversy around Ben Stokes (and Alex Hales) has had an effect in the preparation of the visitors. Joe Root s side have other big names as well. A chunk of batting fortunes for England now revolves around Root s fellow Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow probably England s most improved cricketer in last two seasons.

The 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has now co-authored a book A Clear Blue Sky. The book reveals a lot about Jonny s younger life and also throws light on why his father, the renowned former cricketer David Bairstow committed suicide.

Three people have died in separate road accidents in Sankhuwasabha, Banke and Rautahat districts. A motorcyclist Khedu Chaudhary, 50, of Phatuwa Bijayapur municipality-11, Rautahat died after his motorcycle was hit by a tipper on Sunday night. Chudhary died on the spot, according to District Police Office, Rautahat.

Similarly, a 60-year-old Man Bahadur KC died after being hit by a truck, Pradesh 02-001 Kha 0088, at Golchha in Kohalpur municipality-8, Banke yesterday evening. The victim is from Aathbiskot municipality-11, Rukum West.

Likewise, an 11-year-old Nishan Rai was killed after a tractor, Pradesh 1-02-003 Ta 1229, at Sabhapokhari rural municipality-1, Tallo Dhupu.

Police said they are investigating the case after taking the tractor and the driver under control.

On his father s suicide

First, the bare, stark fact. The matter of public record. My dad David Bairstow was only 46 years and 126 days old when he committed suicide almost 20 years ago. My mum Janet, my sister Becky and I found him when we returned home at 8.30 pm on one of those typically lampblack and cold January nights. He had hanged himself from the staircase.

Now, the speculation, the what-ifs, the what-might-have-beens, the guesswork. Everything seemed normal to me. They say that infants can pick up a minute shift of mood at home, alerting them when something is a little off. I d gone past the stage of infancy I was a young child but the eight-year-old me had registered nothing untoward.

To me, my dad was just my dad, as ebullient and as energetic as ever. I never saw him down or doubtful, or fretful about either himself or our future. I had no inkling that anything was wrong. He didn t seem like a man full of distractions to me.