Aaron Finch – Australian Opening Batsman and Smash hitter, Modern Day white-ball cricket Australian Legend – has decided to bid adieu to International Cricket, just before ODI World Cup. He has been white ball captain for Australia from past few years but his form has been on a decline, consistency has not been at the level that he wishes it to be. Hence, Aaron Finch has decided to give way to much younger, in-form players by announcing his retirement. He has not been part of red-ball, that is, Test team from quite some time, else, he might have retired post India Tour. Aaron Finch has established himself has a dangerous One Day and T20I batsmen around the world.
He played 146 ODIs and scored 5406 runs for Australia with 38.9 average. Aaron Finch played 103 T20Is and scored 3120 runs at 34.3 average, 142.5 strike rate. At IPL, he played 92 matches and scored 2091 runs. Aaron Finch played only 5 Tests and scored 278 runs. He captained most T20Is ever with 76 matches as captain, behind him is MS Dhoni (72). Aaron Finch has been part of 2015 ODI World Cup winning team and captained 2021 T20I World Cup winning team in UAE. This is the only T20I World Cup, Australia has won till date. England have won it in 2022.
Aaron Finch, while announcing retirement, thanked his coaching staff, family and Cricket Australia, for opportunities to represent, captain Australia at International level. He wrote, “And that’s that!! Representing Australia is something that I never took for granted. I was incredibly privileged to do it for 12 years and loved every minute of it. I am so grateful for all the support I’ve received from Australia and all over the world on my journey. To my family, I can’t thank you enough for all the love and support you’ve given me from day one…through the highs and lows. To @cricketvictoria @cricketaustralia @renegadesbbl @newbalancecricket @graynicolls_ausnz @aca_players @au_tla @geelongcc thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to live out my childhood dreams and play the game I love at the highest level. Thank you to all the players, coaches and support staff that made playing cricket for Australia the best job in the world…I have memories that will stay with me for a lifetime. From World Cup finals to winning in India it’s been one hell of a ride!!”
Well, he has revolutionized Australia fortunes in T20I Cricket after they struggled to even give competition to teams like England, West Indies, India outside Australia. Aaron Finch can be categorized as best white ball player for Australia post World Dominating era. As Cricket lovers, all we can say is, “Thanks for the memories, Finchy”!
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