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Harry Brook: I regret ‘shut them up’ comments towards Indian fans during IPL

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Harry Brook regrets comments he made regarding India’s fans following a century during the 2023 Indian Premier League.

Brook struggled on the whole in his maiden IPL campaign, with one stunning highlight: a match-winning century for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Speaking after the game, Brook took aim at those on social media who had criticised his poor start to the competition, saying he was glad to “shut them up”.


“If you go on social media, people are calling you rubbish and you start to doubt yourself slightly,” he said. “I went out with an I-don’t-care mentality tonight and thankfully, it came off.

“There’s a lot of Indian fans out there who would probably say well done tonight but they were slagging me off a few days ago. Glad that I could shut them up, to be honest.”

Brook, who has since been released by Sunrisers Hyderabad and will re-enter the IPL auction pool, has now said he regrets those comments. “I was an idiot and I said that stupid thing in an interview which I regret a little bit,” he told reporters in the Caribbean.

“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.”

Brook, who made 71 off 72 in England’s defeat against West Indies in the first ODI, says he has now come off social media to avoid any “negativity”.

“I’ve been off social media for a while now, anything I stumble across, I delete it from the phone,” he said.

“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. 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.”

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