Last Update on: April 14th, 2023 at 11:46 pm
Harry Brook, on Friday (April 14), said that he was glad to shut some Indian fans up after scoring a fine century against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.
Harry Brook had faced severe criticism for failing to justify his huge price tag in the first three games of the IPL. He failed to get going in all the three games. On all the three occasions, he could not even score at a strike-rate of 100.
But on Friday, he was at his best as he finally announced his arrival. The righthanded batsman hit Umesh Yadav for three fours in the first over and did not look back after that. He scored his maiden IPL fifty in 32 balls and reached his first IPL century in 55 balls.
His knock was studded with 12 fours and 3 sixes. Thanks to his unbeaten century, SRH finished their innings on a mammoth total of 228 for 4, the highest score of IPL 2023. Apart from Brook, Aiden Markram made a good impact with the bat too, scoring a 25-ball fifty.
In reply, Kolkata Knight Riders finished their innings on 205 for 7 despite quickfire fifties from skipper Nitish Rana and in-form Rinku Singh. Rana scored 75 off 41 balls while Rinku remained unbeaten on 58 off 31 balls.
Harry Brook on his performance:
Speaking after the game, Harry Brook began by expressing his delight over his performance and the win. He also said that he has no particular preference as far as the batting position is concerned.
“Was a special night. Thankfully we got over the line as well. Got a little tense in the middle. A lot of people say that opening the batting in T20 is the best time to bat. I’m happy to bat anywhere. I’ve had a lot of success batting at five. Made my name there,” said Harry Brook.
Speaking further, Harry Brook could not stop himself from taking shots at his critics, pointing out how severely he was criticised on social media. The England star said that he was glad he could shut some Indian fans up after they slagged him.
“The crowd was phenomenal tonight. I enjoyed it. I was putting pressure on myself a little bit. You go on social media and people are calling you rubbish. There’s a lot of Indian fans out there who’ll say well done tonight. But they were slagging me off a few days ago. Glad I could shut them up to be honest,” said Brook.