Aakash Chopra, a former Indian opener, questioned Sunrisers Hyderabad’s decision to purchase Harry Brook at the IPL 2023 auction.
Brook was purchased by SRH for a staggering 13.25 crore. The English slugger, though, had a disappointing season in the most recent Indian Premier League. Despite completing an undefeated century against the Kolkata Knight Riders, he only managed 190 runs overall in 11 innings.
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Aakash Chopra reminisced on some of the high-profile purchases and their performances in the IPL 2023 in a video posted to his YouTube account. In reference to Brook, he said: “Harry Brook was bought for around 13.5 crores. Where did you think he will bat when you acquired him? You should have thought that he will bat at the top of the order because his numbers against spin are extremely ordinary, and he would have to play a lot of spin in the middle overs in India.”
Aakash Chopra, a former Indian opener, noted that Sunrisers Hyderabad had to bat the English batter in the lower middle order at the beginning of the competition: “So you had to try to bat him up the order but you couldn’t do that. You started with batting him down the order because you picked Mayank Agarwal, already had Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi is also a top-order batter, and Aiden Markram cannot play below No. 4.”
“Nicholas Pooran performed that extremely well” – Aakash Chopra
On the other hand, Aakash Chopra commended the Lucknow Super Giants’ decision-making process in regard to the acquisition of Nicholas Pooran:
“I liked Nicholas Pooran’s purchase in this scenario because Nicholas Pooran was picked with the sole thinking that he will bat at the death. He was bought for 16 crores, was very expensive, but there was a clarity of thought,” Aakash Chopra said.
“They didn’t want to play him at No. 3, 4, or 5 but at the death. He is also the kind of a player who can play there. They gave him one role, and, in my opinion, he performed that extremely well,” Aakash Chopra added.
In 15 innings of IPL 2023, Pooran smashed 358 runs with an incredible strike rate of 172.94. In LSG’s away game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, the left-hander hit a match-winning 15-ball half-century.