Australian white-ball captain Aaron Finch revealed that he underwent corrective eye surgery after he started experiencing blurry vision during the Indian Premier League’s 13th edition (IPL 2020), which was played in the UAE in three venues- Sharjah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.
Finch had turned out for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team in the IPL 2020, managing 268 runs in 12 matches with only one half-century at a strike rate of 111.20. He was not retained by the RCB franchise before the IPL 2021 auction and failed to find a buyer in the auction as well.
I Just Noticed It More Than, (My Eyesight) Wasn’t Very Sharp: Aaron Finch
Finch, on Friday, said that he had started seeing blurry images during the IPL 2020 in UAE and when other methods of correcting the vision failed, he decided to have corrective eye surgery instead.
“I noticed it during IPL. One day it just sorts of changed … it was just bloody blurry. In the daytime it wasn’t as noticeable, at night it was more noticeable, especially playing in Dubai where the lighting isn’t as good as what we’ve got in Australia. I just noticed it more than, (my eyesight) wasn’t very sharp, and there were little halos around lights and a bit of a trail on the ball. I tried contact (lenses), and couldn’t get them right they just wouldn’t sit right in my eye,” Finch said.
He also revealed that he underwent the surgery after returning from the New Zealand tour (in March). So far, the surgery has been a success, yet the 34-year-old believes the true indicator will come when playing under lights, which Australia is set to do in all eight of their fixtures in the Caribbean.
“I’m seeing them pretty good (now). I’ve only been hitting them indoors on hard wickets. It’s all clear now, it seems perfect. I think the biggest test will come in night matches, that’s when I noticed the biggest difference in my eyesight,” Finch signed off.
Australia will shortly fly out to the West indie for a white-ball tour consisting of five T20Is and 3 ODIs. Then they will move to Bangladesh to play 5 T20I matches, which will be their preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 in India.