“Well done finchy, it was great to play against you”: Virat Kohli on Aaron Finch’s retirement from ODIs
India star batter Virat Kohli has recalled his association with Aaron Finch in the RCB team in IPL and also said it was great to play against the Australian cricketer in the matches between the two countries.
Aaron Finch, the captain of Australia, announced on Saturday that he was giving up ODI cricket. His final ODI in the format will be on Sunday against New Zealand. Virat took to Instagram to express his views.
“Well done finchy. It was great to play against you all these years and with you as well at rcb. Enjoy the next phase of your life to the fullest,” Virat said.
For Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League, Kohli and Finch have shared the field.
Finch played for RCB in the league’s 2020 season and amassed 268 runs at an average of 22.33. Only one half-century for his team that season, with a best score of 52, was possible for him. That season, RCB finished in fourth place and advanced to the playoffs.
Finch will continue to lead the team in this year’s T20 World Cup even if he won’t be playing for Australia in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
Leading up to his retirement, Finch was in terrible form in ODIs, scoring just 169 runs at an average of 13.1 in 13 ODIs this year. He only achieved a fifty-run milestone in an ODI this year once, with a best of 62.
Finch played 145 games in the 50-over format after making his ODI debut in 2013, scoring 5,401 runs at an average of 39.13. In this format, he has 17 centuries and also 30 half-centuries for Australia, with a top score of 153*.
He is fourth among Australian batsmen in terms of ODI centuries, trailing only the great Ricky Ponting (29) and also Mark Waugh (18 each).
Finch was also a member of the Australian team that triumphed at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
He put on some impressive performances in that competition, scoring 280 runs at an average of 35.00 in eight matches. His top score in the competition was 135 and also he finished with a century and a half.