Australia white-ball captain Aaron Finch was a huge marquee name that went unsold in the recent IPL 2021 auction. Following this, he has said that he is working with Andrew McDonald to iron out a few flaws with his batting technique and hopes that the tweaks will get runs flowing from his bat once again.
Finch had an abysmal IPL 2020 for Royal Challengers Bangalore, as he scored 260 plus runs at an average of 22.3 at a strike-rate of 111 with only one 50-plus score. This was enough for the franchise to drop him before the playoffs and bring in fellow Australian player Josh Philippe. He also had a bad BBL 10 campaign, in which he averaged 13.76 from 13 innings for the Melbourne Renegades who finished bottom of the league.
At Times I Can Get A Little Bit Flat-Footed And My Feet Get Planted: Finch
The 34-year-old opener Finch has a problem with the incoming ball cutting into him leaving him in an awkward tangle while he is moving forward. During the IPL 2020, Finch walked towards the bowlers to counter this problem.
“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,” Aaron Finch said on Sunday (February 21) on the eve of the five-match T20I series against New Zealand.
“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,” Aaron Finch added.
Finch has acknowledged that a possible solution lay in getting nimbler with his front foot movement, which might help him counter balls that aren’t on the driving length.
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke had expressed surprise at Finch not getting an IPL 2021 deal, but the current skipper was not surprised at all. He further mentioned that actually getting some time at home is a good thing for him, given that they have been on the road since August 2020.