Aaron Finch – Australia’s White-Ball Captain Fantastic
For someone considered to have a limited technique and some apparent weaknesses, Aaron Finch has carved out a lengthy career for himself, one that includes the honor of leading Australia to its first T20 World Cup win (2021). Finch himself had a poor tournament, but it was his mastery of the format that had pushed him into the leadership position in the first place. Aaron Finch plays for Australia cricket team and Kolkata Team in the Indian T20 League.
Even now, Finch boasts of 2 of the 3 highest scores made in T20Is, and his strike rate is significantly higher than the format’s other leading run scorers. But he turns 36 four days after the T20 World Cup final on home soil later this year, and it could well be his last chance to add another winner’s trophy to those he already has from the 2015 World Cup and that 2021 success.
Aaron Finch: Recent Times
Finch’s Indian T20 League journey began even before he was capped by Australia, with the late Shane Warne, his fellow Victorian, giving him an outing with the Rajasthan team in the 2010 season. But as successful as he’s been in the international arena, Finch has seldom managed to showcase his best in the Indian T20 League. His longest stints with a team have both been 2 seasons (Delhi and the original Gujarat franchise), and his average and strike rate haven’t come close to matching what he’s done with Australia.
The upcoming World Cup could well be his swansong, and Finch will hope that the home crowds inspire both him and his team to a repeat triumph.
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Aaron Finch’s Personal Details
- Aaron James Finch
- Date of Birth
- 17th November 1986
- Colac, Australia
- Playing Role
- Top-order batter
- Bowling Style
- Right-handed batter
- Current Teams
- Australia, Rajasthan team, Delhi team, Pune team, Hyderabad team, Mumbai team, Gujarat team, Punjab team, Bangalore team, Kolkata team
As of 22 Aug. 2022, Aaron Finch is ranked 6th in the T20I and 10th in the ODI batting rankings.
- Game Format
- ICC Bowling Rankings
Aaron Finch - Career Statss
As of 22 Aug. 2022, Aaron Finch has the below stats in the ODI, Test and T20I format for Australia team.
- 62 vs PAK
- 153* vs PAK
- 172 vs ZIM
Aaron Finch - Key Skills and Strengths
The remarkable thing about Finch the T20I batter is that he has thrived in all conditions – on fast and bouncy pitches at home, on seaming tracks in England and New Zealand, and on turners in India and Sri Lanka. Only in the UAE does he have a poor record, and there too, he has smashed plenty in ODIs. As a white-ball batter, his aggressive approach – partly inspired by his one-time Delhi teammate and hero, Virender Sehwag – has served him well. It was less successful during a brief spell of 5 Tests when Australia explored the idea of him as a Test opener. After first being T20I captain between 2014 and 2016, Finch took over as white-ball skipper in 2018, with Steve Smith banned for his part in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal. It was Finch’s leadership that led Australia to their first T20 World Cup win in 2021.
Aaron Finch - Awards and Achievements
Finch first played for the Australian cricket team just as a golden generation of batters was making way, but it still took him a while to establish himself in the ODI and T20I sides. His 156 against England at the Rose Bowl in Southampton in 2013, then the highest score in T20Is, announced his talent to the world, and he celebrated his World Cup debut (2015) in front of his home crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with another punishing hundred against England. He couldn’t quite crack the Test cricket code but has continued to be one of the most feared white-ball batters for a decade.
Here are some of Finch’s biggest records and achievements in international cricket:
Aaron Finch has the highest score in T20Is, the 172 he made against Zimbabwe in 2018.
Only Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai (16) has hit more sixes in a T20I involving two Test-playing nations than the 14 Finch struck against England in 2013.
Only MS Dhoni and Eoin Morgan (both 72 matches), who are now retired, have captained in more T20Is than Finch (65).
Finch is within touching distance of becoming only the 4th player to 3000 runs in T20Is. Finch has a better strike rate than Rohit Sharma, Martin Guptill and Virat Kohli, and only Kohli of that trio averages more than him.
Aaron Finch’s Indian T20 League Journey
Finch has been the Indian T20 League’s original vagabond. Starting with one game for the Rajasthan team under Shane Warne’s captaincy in 2010, his journey has taken him to 9 franchises. Two of them – Pune and the first team from Gujarat – no longer exist, while the Delhi team that he represented in 8 games in 2011 and 2012 has changed its name and ownership. He got his biggest auction paydays from Punjab in 2018 (₹6.2 crores) and Bangalore in 2020 (₹4.4 crores), but his best seasons were with Pune (2013) and Gujarat (2016). There were no bids for him at the auctions in 2021 and 2022, but Kolkata ended up signing him as a replacement for Alex Hales during the 2022 season.
- Indian T20 League
- 88* vs Delhi
Aaron Finch: FAQs
Currently, Finch has played for the Australia national cricket team since 2011 and in the Indian T20 League, he plays for the Kolkata Team from the year 2022.
Phillip Hughes, who died in November 2014 after being struck on the back of the head by a bouncer, was his best friend.
Mitchell Johnson, who was at his fearsome, Ashes-winning best around the time Finch was establishing himself in the white-ball teams.
Less than 3 months, at the end of 2018. He played 5 matches before being dropped.
Gerard Butler, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jim Carrey.