The last time an overseas batter took the tournament by storm in his first-ever season, it was Shaun Marsh, way back in 2008 when he donned the then Kings XI Punjab jersey. While overseas players have had success, none have matched the magnitude of Marsh in their first-ever IPL season.
But with England’s Harry Brook, there is a genuine expectation that he will rise above the hype in his first season. Former England pacer, Steve Harmison has backed Brook to clinch the Player of the tournament title.
"I think he might start with an orange cap as well. I think Harry Brooke is going to be the best player. I think he could get Player of the Tournament," Steve Harmison was quoted as saying by GiveMeSport.
While Brook might have swept the cricketing world with his red-ball theatrics, the right-handed batter broke out with a monumental T20I series against Pakistan, averaging 79.83, with a strike-rate of 163.01.
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"When you're on a wave like he's on, things just seem to fall into place. Sometimes they sort of nosedive and dive-bomb, but I don't see it with Harry. For me, I think he might start with an orange cap because he's in an orange kit.”
At the Auction, Sunrisers revamped their squad with some impressive picks in the form of Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Adil Rashid, which could help them to lift a title for the first time in seven years. Harmison believes that Brook is just the ‘icing’ on the cake.
"I've got a funny feeling if he's around for the whole series. The Sunrisers, I think they've done some decent business. I think they've got some decent business over the line. I think Brooke could be the icing on the cake for them and I think he might just score the runs," Harmison added.