“I was an idiot,” Harry Brook regrets his comments on Indian fans during IPL 2023, deletes social media apps from phone

Brook failed to make a mark in his maiden IPL season for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Harry Brook | BCCI-IPLEngland's young batter Harry Brook has revealed that he has deleted social media apps on his phone to make sure he stays away from negativity and focuses on getting better as a cricketer.

Brook made his international debut last year and instantly made an impact in Test cricket. He was a perfect fit in England’s Bazball approach and his Test cricket of 91.76 completely vindicates it.

Thanks to his aggressive exploits for England, Brook triggered a bidding war in the IPL 2023 auction before Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) signed him for INR 13.25 crore.

However, Brook was not able to find instant success in the IPL and questions were asked if the hefty price tag affected his performance.

The 24-year-old smashed a 55-ball hundred against KKR to announce his arrival in the IPL but he struggled for form after that knock. He finished the season with 190 runs from 11 innings at an abysmal average of 21.11.

After his IPL ton, Brook said in the post-match interview that some Indian fans were calling him 'rubbish' and he was able to "shut them up". The right-hander faced flak for his comments on social media and the trolls targeted him during his lean patch after the hundred in the IPL.

"I was an idiot and I said that stupid thing in an interview which I regret a little bit," Brook said, as quoted by the BBC.

"In India, you end up sitting in your hotel room, not much to do so I find myself just scrolling Instagram or Twitter or whatever and come across stuff you just don't want to see. I thought it was the right idea to get off it. I've obviously still got Instagram and Twitter but thankfully I've got someone running it for me," he added.

During the recently held ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Harry Brook failed to live up to the expectations, scoring 169 runs from six matches at an average of 28.16 with just one half-century.

Brook said he needed the break after the World Cup debacle in India and let his agents handle social media for him.

"I've been off social media for a while now, anything I stumble across, I delete it from the phone. I haven't really seen any negativity, I think that's helped my game, helped my mental health and everything to be off social media and seeing all the negativity that brings," he stated.


By Salman Anjum - 06 Dec, 2023

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