Australian captain Aaron Finch’s international duties begin from Friday against India with the first of the three ODIs in Sydney. Australia’s high-voltage summer of cricket consists of a full-fledged series against India, comprising of ten games across formats that Cricket Australia has struggled to organise since the past many months. While with India’s regular opener Rohit Sharma is a concern for the tourists, Aaron Finch remains wary of their bench-strength.
Rohit Sharma, who suffered an injury in IPL 2020, has been the topic of discussion ever since the selectors omitted him from all three squads for the tour of Australia. It followed an utterly confusing road for the 33-year old as the BCCI announced that he would only be available for the Test series and rested from the white-ball leg. As per recent developments, Rohit was ruled out of the first two Tests and could likely miss the entire red-ball fixtures too.
Aaron Finch credited Rohit Sharma for having an outstanding record against Australia, labelling him as a ‘great player’. The 33-year old admitted that one always want to play against the best; however, Mayank Agarwal, who could likely replace him, has also been in good nick. Finch acknowledged that Rohit’s absence does not give them too much rest as another quality cricketer would come in.
“He is obviously a great player and someone who has had quite a bit of success against us in the past. It is unfortunate. You want to play against the best players all the time but whoever is going to replace him, possibly Mayank, he has been in a great form as well. So you take away a lot of experience but you also bring in another quality player,” Finch stated as quoted by Times of India.
He is probably the best One-day player of all time: Aaron Finch
The Victorian addressed the threat of Virat Kohli by saying that the Indian captain hardly has any weakness and being a dangerous batsman; all they have to do is look to get him out. Finch added that containing batsmen like Kohli could go entirely wrong for them, hailing the 32-year old as the best One-day cricketer of all time.
“He doesn’t have too many, to be honest. If you look at his record, it is second to none. We have to keep looking to get him out. When you go away from that and look to contain players, you can sort of miss a trick there. There are not too many chinks in his armour, he is probably the best One-day player of all time,” the opening batsman added.