Aaron Finch’s plummeting form
Despite a poor run of form, Aaron Finch is still considered one of the best batsmen in T20 cricket around the world.
A look at Finch’s numbers in T20 cricket and you’ll realise why he is considered to be such a force. From 68 T20 Internationals, Aaron Finch has made 2162 runs at an average of 36.64 and a strike rate of over 150, with the help of two centuries and 12 half centuries.
When you cast the net wider to include domestic T20 matches as well, Finch has an equally impressive record with close to 10000 runs from 316 T20 matches at an average of almost 35 and a strike rate of over 140, with as many as eight centuries and 61 half centuries.
These are truly staggering figures, for their sheer volume in the shortest format of international cricket. However, Finch has not been able to live up to the expectations of late.
He had a poor run of form in the T20Is leading up to the IPL. Still, Finch was snapped up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a hefty sum of INR 4.4 crore for IPL 2020.
Unfortunately for the Australian skipper, he was not able to perform for Royal Challengers Bangalore at the top of the order. From 12 matches, Finch only managed 268 runs at an average of 22.33 and a strike rate of 111.20, with the best of 52 and was later benched.
Following the IPL, Finch captained Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League and had another disappointing performance. Finch finished BBL 10 with just 179 runs from 13 matches at an average of 13.76 and a strike rate of 113.2 9. He had the best of just 39 across 13 matches and managed just 20 fours and 3 sixes while getting dismissed for a duck twice.
Finch’s biggest trouble is against the incoming delivery which either raps him on the pads in front of the wickets or rattles his poles. The Australian captain is working on his feet movement to counter the deficiency in his game.
Some also believe that it is due to the bubble fatigue that the Australian white-ball captain has not been able to perform as per expectations. Given that the T20 World Cup scheduled this year in India is fast approaching, Finch does not have a lot of time to right his wrongs. The earlier he is able to do that, the better it is for him and for Australia.