The England batsman Harry Brook attracted a lot of attention when Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) offered him a huge deal of INR 13.25 crore. His job in the event was to use his great batting ability to support SRH’s batting lineup. The star player was a failure since he was unable to justify his big salary during the season.
Before the season, the 24-year-old was the subject of high expectations. But his first Indian T20 league season ended up being below par.
Despite playing 11 matches for the SRH in the 2023 Indian Premier League, the hard-hitting batsman only scored 190 runs at a strike rate of 123.38 and an average of 21.11. Brook had scores of 13, 3, and 3 at the start of the competition.
He hammered 100* off 55 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens. A fiery innings that featured 12 fours and three sixes, just as the pressure was starting to build on him.
The youngster would be available for a base fee of INR 2 crore at the upcoming IPL 2024 auction in Dubai, and he may attract interest from several teams.
Harry Brook Player Review
The words that are currently resonating at the top of English cricket are “Harry Brook is an all-format superstar.” The 23-year-old’s situation may not be entirely unlike others, even though English media has always been prone to being a bit over the top in their praise.
It’s not always the case that great talents become household names. Some fade away even before they become huge globally. However, as he’s become more proficient, Brook has made playing international cricket appear easy.
There is never any doubt about the young player as you step onto the field. The widefield comparisons showed how much people appreciated Brook. Furthermore, his game is well-suited to a variety of formats, as anyone who has watched him up close and personal can attest to with their eyes closed.
“In my view, he is the future. Pundits may have said many things about AB de Villiers, but this is what former England player Kevin Pietersen had to say about the 23-year-old English batter: “He’s got all the shots and can play in so many different circumstances.”
Here are the teams that would have an interest in signing Harry Brook in the IPL 2024 auction.
1. Delhi Capitals (DC)
Roman Powell, Phil Salt, and Rilee Rossouw—three foreign batters—were released from the Delhi Capitals’ roster. The DC management cut these three players before the IPL 2024 auction because they were unable to deliver the results for the squad. Once these players are cut, the Capitals will want to add a reliable middle-order hitter to their roster. DC may be drawn to Brook in the IPL auction as he plays middle order for England.
The 24-year-old has played 24 T20 Internationals (T20Is) for the English side, in which he notched up 494 runs in 21 innings at a good strike rate of 141.54. Harry Brook exuded confidence with his bat in the 2023 edition of The Hundred competition. He scored 238 runs for Northern Superchargers in seven innings of eight games at a great strike rate of 196.69. These big numbers can attract Delhi in the next auction.
2. Punjab Kings (PBKS)
Big hitters Shahrukh Khan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa were among the seven players whom Punjab Kings (PBKS) released before the IPL 2024 auction. Although Punjab had a few strong batters in their lineup, their batting did poorly overall in the IPL 2023 season.
Shikhar Dhawan may be over his prime if we look at their batting lineup of retained guys. Other guys like Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone weren’t reliable last season. Punjab did manage to put up some strong batting efforts. They had a below-par season overall, with six wins and eight losses, ending ninth.
Of course, PBKS could try to add Harry Brook to bolster their batting lineup, believing that if selected, he can produce. Although there is a danger, it is worth it. Punjab has two overseas slots left with a salary cap of ₹29.1 crore. They could try to make a serious offer for Brook.
3. Gujarat Titans (GT)
If this deal goes through, it might be a rather great acquisition. Actually, as the IPL 2024 auction approaches, the Gujarat Titans (GT) have one popular foreign star in their lineup: David Miller, a dependable left-handed batter from South Africa. There aren’t many other hard-hitting overseas talents available.
Kane Williamson was kept in the team despite missing the first IPL 2023 match due to an injury. However, in the T20 format, opponents’ bowlers would not be afraid of him. Although he has talent, Matthew Wade lacks consistency. Because of this, GT has had to rely on Rashid Khan to produce the hits the bat.
Gujarat Titans have a ₹38.15 crore purse for the IPL 2024 auction after trading their former captain, Hardik Pandya, to Mumbai Indians (MI). Harry Brook might not be a bad choice for one of the two foreign positions they have available.