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IPL 2021 : Aaron Finch says ‘It Wasn’t Unexpected’ on not getting picked at the auction

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The grandest franchise league – Indian Premier League is all set to take place from April, 2021. Prior to that, the teams made some last minute addition to their side in the mini-auction. This auction witnessed some record-breaking purchases for the likes of Chris Morris. However, some notable players went unsold too in the auction. Last year, Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch was the talk of the town after being picked up by RCB. Ahead of the IPL 2020 season in the UAE, many cricket pundits pegged Finch to be the difference-maker for RCB. However, the story turned out to be completely different. As Aaron Finch went unsold in the auction, he said it wasn’t unexpected.

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Finch played 12 games in IPL 2020 and managed to score just 268 runs at an average of 22.33. He had just one score of 50+ to his name. The bit that hurt RCB the most was Finch’s strike rate of 111.20. Opening the innings for the franchise, RCB expected the Australia batsman to give a strong start. But Finch struggled to get going in the powerplays. In the recently concluded Big Bash League tournament, Finch’s struggles with the bat were highlighted once again. The batsman scored just 179 runs for Melbourne Renegades in 13 innings at an average of 13.76 in the tournament.

Aaron Finch feels it would have been nice to play in the IPL again :

“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. 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.”

– Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch went unsold in the IPL auction
Aaron Finch went unsold in the IPL auction

Australia’s limited-over captain Aaron Finch said it wasn’t unexpected after failing to attract a bid in the IPL 2021 auction :

It came as a little surprise that when Finch’s name was announced at the IPL 2021 Auction earlier this week, the batsman did not invite any bids from any of the eight franchises. Speaking to reporters at a virtual press conference ahead of the New Zealand series, Finch said that he would have liked to be picked, but he was not surprised that he was not.

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“I’ve been working on a few little technical things, trying to get a little bit less weight on my front foot. At times I can be a little bit flat-footed and my feet get planted and then I struggle to move again. I have my initial movement and 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, so it’s been nice to have a good chunk of training and focusing on a few little technical changes.”

– Aaron Finch in a virtual press conference
Aaron Finch was with RCB in IPL 2020
Aaron Finch was with RCB in IPL 2020 | Twitter
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