Former India National Cricket Team and Australia National Cricket Team players – Wasim Jaffer and Tom Moody – were surprised to see one-time IPL champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pay a whopping INR 13.25 crore for the 23-year-old Harry Brook at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 mini-auction.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 mini-auction is currently underway in Kochi. England’s Harry Brook entered the IPL auction with a base price of INR 1.5 crore. Rajasthan Royals (RR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were involved in a bidding war to acquire the services of the Englishman and in the end, SRH bagged him for INR 13.25 crore.
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Harry Brook became the first millionaire of the IPL 2023 auction and overall the most expensive specialist batter ever sold at a mini-auction, surpassing Shimron Hetmyer who was sold for INR 7.75.
During a discussion on ESPNcricinfo, Wasim Jaffer said that playing in the IPL under a huge price tag, that too for the first time, will be very challenging for the youngster. He elaborated:
“I am actually surprised. I thought they’ll hold their purse back for Stokes and Curran because that’s what they need, most teams need actually. But for somebody who is very unknown to Indian conditions, IPL brings a different pressure. Playing for the first time under such a huge price tag is going to be a challenge.
“We’ve seen a lot of big players have failed to do that. He’s had a good PSL, he’s had a good time in Pakistan, different batting conditions, absolutely brilliant batting conditions. It’s totally different when you play in India. So I am really surprised. Being a Punjab Kings guy I am happy their lot of purse has gone there.”
The only concern I would have with Harry Brook is that he’s a one-dimensional player – Tom Moody
During the same discussion, Tom Moody said that Brook is a high-quality player, but he brings just one skillset to the table unlike Nicholas Pooran, who was released by Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of the mini-auction. He elaborated:
“He has proved enough in his short international career. He is a high-quality player, a young player. He is a player that is a long-term franchise player. The only concern I would have with Harry Brook is that he’s a one-dimensional player and paying such a high price to a player that only brings one skillet. Let’s compare him with someone like Nicholas Pooran whom Sunrisers released back in the auction and paid just over 10 crores.
“He is a two-skilled player, he is a power-packed player middle-order player, he is a left-hander, which is an important commodity to have in the middle-order to combat spin strikes at 150 but he keeps wicket. Harry Brook what does he do, he bats and bats at a good high strike rate, but that’s all he does. That’s my only concern.”