Last Update on: April 15th, 2023 at 12:44 pm
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) batter Harry Brook recently opened up about how his time with the England National Cricket Team, its coach Brendon McCullum, and captain Ben Stokes has helped him improve and refine his game.
‘Bazball’ is a colloquial term used to describe the positive style of play executed by the English national team under their Test head coach McCullum.
Brook, who scored the first ton of IPL 2023 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), did an interview with Jio Cinema recently, where he discussed how the positivity brought to the team by ‘Bazball’ has boosted his confidence to bat fearlessly.
“I think the way Baz (Brendon McCullum) is making us play, not making me but wanting us to play in the middle. Stokesy (Ben Stokes) is encouraging all of us out there to be a bit more positive, we feel on top of the world, especially in Test cricket. We feel like we can go out there and do anything. It’s been really good the last couple of months,” he said.
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Harry Brook showed off his impressive stroke play against KKR, as he dismantled pace bowlers with elegant and fearless shots.
Brian Lara suggested that Harry Brook should open the innings for SRH
In the first 3 matches this season, Harry Brook was sent in the middle order. This proved detrimental as he scored only 29 runs in those 3 innings. Before SRH took on KKR, head coach Brian Lara suggested that the 24-year-old should open the innings.
This decision proved to be the good one, as the Englishman went on to score a ton in the first IPL match he opened the innings in.
In the same interview, Harry Brook revealed that it was the West Indian legend himself who suggested the idea.
“It was Brian, who came to me after the second game. Obviously, we didn’t do well, and he came up to me and said ‘Would you want to open?’ I said yeah, I am not worried about where I bat as long as it’s not below 6 (laughs),” he said.
Harry Brook would like to capitalize on his newly found form as SRH takes on Mumbai Indians (MI) on April 18.