Harry Brook, a rising star for England, revealed that he found it difficult to comprehend how much money he was able to get in the IPL 2023 mini-auction. The right-handed hitter said he hopes to live up to the expensive price tag and believes the competition will be a terrific World Cup warm-up.
The first player to join the IPL auction, Brook, who has a T20 strike rate of 148.38, retained his base price at 1.5 crores. The SunRisers Hyderabad, who were in a fight with the Rajasthan Royals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, eventually gave the Englishman 13.25 crores.
The IPL Was A Big Dream For Me: Harry Brook
Talking to the Daily Mail, Harry Brook claimed he never imagined he would be paid so much. The 23-year-old also described participating in the IPL as an added benefit.
“I’ve not got many words, to be honest. I thought I’d get picked up, but I didn’t think I’d get picked up for that much. One thing I would say is that I’m not motivated loads by money. Obviously, it’s a nice touch, but I just want to play cricket for the best teams and play for England as long as I can. Yes, the IPL was a big dream for me and the money is a big bonus, but it is not the be all and end all. I play because I love batting.”
When questioned about whether the prospect will be worthwhile, Brook responded that everyone will discover out after the competition and that he believes his skill at playing spin helped him land an IPL deal.
“I’ll be able to tell you that after the IPL, won’t I? I want to be a match-winner, that’s something I’ve always said, and batting in the middle order, one of the main aspects of my game is trying to chase down scores.”
“It might have been a different story if I hadn’t done so well in the Tests in Pakistan, but I played spin fairly well out there and there will be a lot of that in the IPL. The World Cup is in India this year too, so there will be plenty of spin to face in the coming months, and different challenges.”
The Yorkshire batsman dominated England’s Test tour of Pakistan, hitting 100 runs in each of the three matches for a total of 468 runs at an average of 93.60. As a result of his achievements, Brook was also named the ICC Player of the Month for December.
I Don’t Think We’re Going To Change: Harry Brook
In addition, Harry Brook asserted that given their unprecedented success, England will not change their aggressive style of Test cricket in advance of the Ashes series. The right-handed hitter emphasised that playing over the last several months has been the most enjoyable part of his life and added:
“I don’t think we’re going to change. Why would we? We have lost one Test match out of 10, beaten Pakistan 3-0 on their own patch, something no other team have managed, and that is a phenomenal achievement.”
He further said:
“It’s probably the most fun I’ve had playing cricket. Baz and Stokesy had given me that much confidence going out there, and I had such confidence in the team, that I felt like we were going to win any way, so it didn’t matter what I did.”
When the Ashes begin on June 16 at Edgbaston, Ben Stokes and company will be attempting to reclaim the urn.