English batter Brook sparked a bidding war and became an expensive purchase for Sunrisers Hyderabad after being bought for a whopping price of 13.25 crore during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 mini-auction. Former Australian cricketer David Hussey believes Sunrisers Hyderabad overpaid for Harry Brook in the Mini auction.
Mayank Agarwal, who was bought by SRH for 8.75 crore, was the highest-paid Indian player at this year’s auction. The 2016 IPL champions spent 35.7 crore on 13 players at the auction to build a full-strength 25-player squad. SRH entered the auction with a remaining purse of 42.25 crore.
Good Buy, But Have They Overspent? – David Hussey
Former Australia batter David Hussey was not fully satisfied with SRH paying such a massive amount on Brook and labelled it as “overpaid”.
“Not really, I thought SRH probably overpaid. I’m not unsurprised by the amount of money he went for but I think SRH spent a lot of money on a similar player like Aiden Markram already on the list. It’s a good buy, but have they overspent? Hope they aren’t going to miss out on anybody in the backend like a good domestic spinner like M Ashwin or Markande,” David Hussey told Star Sports.
The 23-year-old entered the IPL 2023 mini-auction with a base price of INR 1.5 crore, and Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals started bidding for him. Sunrisers Hyderabad joined the bidding frenzy and eventually signed Brook for INR 13.25 crore. Brook will make his debut in the Indian Premier League through the 2023 season.
Brook made his T20I debut for England this year against the West Indies and was a part of England’s T20 World Cup-winning squad in Australia. Brook represented England in 20 matches and scored 372 runs with an average of 26.57 and a strike rate of 137.77. He was recently named Player of the Series in England’s 3-0 Test series victory in Pakistan.