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IPL great tournament to be part of but auction snub wasn’t unexpected, says Aaron Finch 

IPL 2021 Auction: Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch has said that his IPL snub wasn’t unexpected given even though he would’ve loved to be a part of the tournament. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Aaron Finch went unsold in the IPL 2021 auction after a forgettable season last year
  • Finch averaged 22.33 at a strike-rate of 111.2 with a solitary 50-plus score
  • It would’ve been nice to be playing again but snub wasn’t unexpected: Finch

Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch had an unforgettable IPL season last year with the Royal Challengers Bangalore after which he was released by the franchise. In twelve IPL 2020 matches, he averaged 22.33 at a strike-rate of 111.2 with a solitary 50-plus score. For the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League (BBL), Finch’s form dipped to a further low wherein he averaged 13.76 in 13 innings while his team finished bottom of the table.

On Thursday, the IPL 2021 auction day, Aaron Finch remained unsold and will not participate in the 14th edition of BCCI’s flagship T20 league. Finch, who is currently in New Zealand ahead of the 5-match T20I series, said that his IPL snub wasn’t unexpected at all.

“It would’ve been nice to be playing again, it’s an amazing competition to be a part of, but it wasn’t unexpected that I didn’t get picked up to be honest,” Finch said on Sunday (February 21).

“I’d prefer to be playing cricket, but a little bit of time at home might not be the worst thing, having quite a full schedule since August when we left for the UK and a few times in quarantine and a lot of times in hubs and bubbles, I think just getting home and recharging the batteries might be nice. I know my wife’s definitely looking forward to it.”

Finch, 34, is working on his batting since his form hasn’t been the same as it was before the COVID-19 outbreak in March last year. According to him, a few technical changes in his game could do wonders for his batting.

“I’ve been working a few technical things; trying to get a little bit less weight on my front foot. At times I can get a little bit flat footed and my feet get planted then I struggle to move again – I have my initial movement then I get a little bit stuck.

“I’ve talked a lot and worked a fair bit with Andrew McDonald, who I go back to every time things don’t seem quite right and he seems to sort it out pretty quick. It’s been nice to have a good chunk of training and focusing on a few little technical changes.”

The five-match T20I series between New Zealand and Australia begins on Monday (February 22), at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

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