Sunrisers Hyderabad finally let the lion out of the den in the 19th match of the IPL 2023 T20 series at Eden Gardens yesterday. That lion is none other than England’s current batting man and future all-form cricket superstar Harry Brook. Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Brian Lara took the decision to drop Harry Brook in the opener. It turned out to be a masterstroke.
His scores are 13, 3, 13 in the first 3 matches. Harry Brook was dropped in the top order when the question of whether the Tigers were out for England started to arise. It was then that his true potential was fully harnessed. Brook scored his first century of the season. It was a brilliant innings. He scored his second T20I century with 12 fours and 3 sixes off 55 balls.
After not playing much in the first 3 matches, he was greeted by 41 degrees Celsius in Kolkata yesterday and all the odds were against the England arrival. Since the match was held in Kolkata, all the fan support was for Kolkata. And the crisis of being a high-value player also weighed on him as he was bought for Rs 13.25 crore. Social media mocked and hyped him as a ‘nothing’. Those who don’t know the achievements he has made in international cricket since his arrival in the IPL suddenly click the social media keyboard and know only to insult others in the name of comedy whether they know cricket or not.
But as soon as he got off, he hit 4 fours and 2 sixes in the first 3 overs. Umesh Yadav and Lockie Ferguson ran into each other and collided with each other, ending only when the balls collided on the boundary. He scored 31 runs in 10 balls. Prior to this, Brooke had only appeared in the opener 3 times in 93 T20Is. He will land in 4th or 6th level. He has a strike rate of 147. Spin has been a problem for him in the middle order. If it’s Test matches, he will graze separately. It’s a bit difficult in T20. What is surprising about Brook’s 55-ball hundred is that at one point between the 6th and 14th overs Brook did not hit a boundary. At the opposite end, Markram was whitewashed. He scored 50 runs off 26 balls with 5 sixes.
Sunil Narine and Varun Chakraborty put on 69 runs in 8 overs. In this, Narine is tight and Varun is a little generous. As soon as these overs were over, Brooke became brutish again. In particular, Lockie hit Ferguson with 4 fours and a six in the 15th over. Suyyash Sharma and Shardul Thakur did not escape the Brook attack. He managed just 34 off 29 balls against the spinners, but turned the pace around and smashed 66 off 26 balls.
Brian Laurathan decides to drop Brooke in the opening. It was the master stroke of the master batter. Brook will be as much of a threat in the coming matches as Butler is. It can be expected to give a new lease of life to the Sunrisers team.