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SRH are potentially going to regret

“SRH are potentially going to regret”


Former SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) coach Tom Moody believes the franchise may regret releasing England slugger Harry Brook ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) mini-auction.

Brook was Hyderabad’s most expensive purchase in the IPL 2023 auction with the team shelling out a whopping ₹13.25 crore to acquire the youngster’s services.

Moody believes that Hyderabad could have released Brook in a bid to get him at a much lower price this time around. However, he claimed that it would not be an easy task for the 2016 champions as several other teams are also said to be targeting the promising player.

Speaking to Star Sports, Tom Moody said:

“Maybe their strategy is to get him for half the price. But I think SRH will potentially miss the fact that Harry Brook is back at the auction because he is an incredible talent.”

Harry Brook endured a horrible IPL campaign in 2023. Apart from an unbeaten 100-run win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), it was a forgettable debut season for the 24-year-old.

Tom Moody felt that the Hyderabad think tank missed the trick by putting Brook out of position in most of the IPL 2023 matches.

“The other thing we have to consider is that in his first season of the IPL, he batted out of position in 80 percent of the matches,” Moody continued. “He was bought as a No. 4 middle-order player, and they forced him to move up the order, which he has never opened up in T20 cricket before.

“In a way, it’s the franchise that is to blame as much as the player in terms of how they used him. It’s like picking a striker in a football match and making him play back all season and wondering why…he’s not doing well.”

Hyderabad released a total of six players ahead of the IPL 2024 mini-auction. Apart from Brook, they also parted ways with Samarth Vyas, Kartik Tyagi, Vivant Sharma, Akeal Hosein, Adil Rashid and Mayank Dagar (traded).

“They have lost confidence in that thought process” – Tom Moody on SSR considering Harry Brook as a long-term prospect

Tom Moody further said that SRH attached Harry Brook to him for a big fee, giving the impression that the franchise was ready to invest in the dynamic hitter for at least a decade. But, as things stand, the franchise may have lost faith in the English cricketer.

“I don’t understand. But the debate would have been pretty simple,” Moody said. “It would be a question of whether Harry Brook is a franchise player, a one club player, or do we want instant results? Harry Brook is one of the most exciting young players in world cricket in all three formats. Of the game.”

“So Sunrisers’ decision to pick him up at auction at a significant level raised our eyebrows. But you make that decision based on the fact that he will be with us for the next 10 years, and we are going to win three titles with him over the next 10 years. So clearly, they’ve lost confidence in that thought process,” he added.

The IPL 2024 auction will take place on December 19 in Dubai. SRH will enter the auction with ₹34 crore in its purse. They must occupy six places, including three foreign players.

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