Last Update on: April 26th, 2023 at 01:37 pm
Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody opines that Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) should stop using their English batter Harry Brook as an opener.
Brook has had a very unusual IPL 2023. He has only scored 163 runs in 7 matches so far, with a strike rate of 127. But he also hit a century while opening for his team. This means he has only scored 63 runs in the other 6 innings, with an average of 10.5.
Most recently, Harry Brook failed to provide a steady start to the Hyderabad-based franchise while chasing 145 against Delhi Capitals (DC). His 7-off-14 was one of the reasons that his team lost the match by 7 runs.
As a former SRH head coach, Tom Moody was asked by ESPNCricinfo whether the 24-year-old should open the batting for the Sunrisers, to which he said –
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“No, Brook should not continue to open.”
Justifying his answer by claiming that Harry Brook works best as a middle-order batsman, Moody continued –
“He has had six innings where he has averaged only 10 at a strike rate of run-a-ball. He has had one unbelievable innings, but he’s a middle-order player and always has been.”
Kevin Pietersen slammed Harry Brook for his shot selection against DC
Former England batter Kevin Pietersen slammed his fellow Englishman Harry Brook for the latter’s shot selection against Delhi Capitals.
After struggling throughout the powerplay in the aforementioned match, Brook tried to create space to hit Anrich Nortje to the offside in the sixth over but ended up with his wickets flying.
Pietersen, who was commentating on the match for Jio Cinema, was left baffled by the shot attempted by Harry Brook.
“I just don’t understand the shot actually. The fine leg is back. You’ve got a deep point, you’ve got a fine leg. He was giving himself a lot of room on the leg stump to hit through the off-side. I dunno, maybe I’m old fashioned – fine leg back, not a good shot,” Pietersen said during the broadcast.
Harry Brook will look to find the form he showcased during his ton earlier this season in SRH’s next match, against DC on April 29.