Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag recently opened up on Harry Brook’s comment where he said that he was glad to “shut up” Indian fans as they were trolling him for his poor performances. Sehwag stated that Brook’s statement was needless, adding that the cricketer’s job is to perform and leave as well. However, SunRisers Hyderabad purchased him for ₹13.25 crore at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 auction but he struggled for runs in the initial few matches.

However, after registering the highest score of 13 in his first three games, he smashed a scintillating 100* off 55 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. And, at the post-match presentation following SRH’s win, Brook took a dig at Indian fans who were trolling him before that. Notably, since that hundred against KKR, he has failed to step up. In his last five innings, he has registered scores of 9, 18, 7, 0, 0 as well and Harry Brook was eventually left out of the playing XI when SRH took on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Jaipur on Sunday, May 7 as well.

And, reacting to Hyderabad’s move, Sehwag urged him to focus on his batting. He told Cricbuzz: “Why would you mess with trolls? Why should you even look at who are trolling you or criticizing you or praising you? Your work is to come, work hard, perform and leave. If you want to put something on social media, then post it. After posting it don’t look at the comments because that will definitely affect your mind. For that your need to be in your space – watch movies, listen to music, hangout with friends.”

IPL 2023: Harry Brook played a swashbuckling knock

IPL 2023: Harry Brook played a swashbuckling knock
IPL 2023: Harry Brook played a swashbuckling knock

“Social media is not for watching anything, it is only a place for posting updates. Don’t be afraid of them. And if you perform, even those you had trolled or criticized you, will now praise you,” he further added.

However, Harry Brook was named as one of SRH’s impact players for the match against Rajasthan Royals, but the franchise used Anmolpreet Singh as the impact player as well. He was named Player of the Match for his 100* off 55 balls against KKR, featuring 12 fours and three sixes.

“I was putting pressure on myself a little bit after the first few games. You go on social media and people are calling you rubbish. You start to doubt yourself a little bit. I just went out there with an ‘I don’t care’ mentality tonight and thankfully it came off.”There are a lot of Indian fans out there who’ll say ‘well done’ tonight. But they were slagging me off a few days ago. Glad I could shut them up, to be honest,” Harry Brook said while receiving his award.

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