Last Update on: April 15th, 2023 at 11:42 am
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) player Abhishek Sharma said that he and his team were certain that marquee signing Harry Brook would one day fire for a team as he did against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
After poor performances in the first 4 matches of his IPL career, Brook finally showed up and scored the first ton of IPL 2023, making 100-off-55 against KKR.
The English batter became one of the most expensive players in tournament history when, in the mini-auction for this season, SRH bought him for a whopping Rs. 13.25 Crore.
Abhishek Sharma, who himself scored a quickfire 32-off-17 in the last match, discussed in the post-match press conference how the SRH management believed in Harry Brook’s ability and wanted to utilize his skills against pace bowling on a flatter Eden Gardens pitch.
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“Brook can take down any pace attack. That was plan; we backed Brook to open because I was injured in between. I think that was a very good decision by the coach and management. We all knew how he plays fast bowling. He can take on spinners as well,” he said.
Putting up a score of 228, SRH comfortably defeated the Knight Riders by 23 runs.
Harry Brook shuts social media trolls with his maiden IPL ton
Due to his price tag and the expectations he had set with his performances for the England National Cricket Team over the last year, it was natural that Harry Brook had to face some trolls on social media after his underwhelming performances. He now aims to shut them up with his recent ton against KKR.
Brook only managed to score 29 runs in his first 3 matches in IPL 2023 while batting in the middle order. He was surprisingly sent to pen the innings against KKR, and he repaid his franchise’s trust by scoring the first century this season.
Discussing how he could quiet down the trolling and criticism around him with a ton, he said this in the post-match conference –
“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.”
Now having found some form, Harry Brook will look to keep the ball rolling in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s next match, against Mumbai Indians (MI) on April 18.