Known around the world as an aggressive opener batsman, Aaron Finch is a hard-hitting batsman and a finisher. Starting as a middle-order batsman, Aaron Finch proved as an opener every time he got an opportunity and finally started playing as a regular at that position.
Three years after representing his country in the 2006 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, Finch made his international debut against England. Over the years, Finch has been sought out by many teams in the Twenty20 leagues around the world. In 2018, he was made the captain of the limited-over Australian teams. He captained his side in the 2019 ICC World Cup.
Finch holds the record for the highest individual score of 172 runs in T20I and is also the highest individual score by an opener and a captain. He is also the first batsman to score a 150 in a T20I inning. He also holds the record of scoring the most number of fours by a player in a completed T20I innings with 16. In 2015, Finch became the first batsman to score 100 runs in the Big Bash League.
Awards and Accolades
In 2012, Finch was named the Big Bash League player of the year. In 2014, he was awarded the Men’s T20I Player of the Year at the Allan Border Medal ceremony by the Cricket Australia.
Based on his performance for the Colac West Cricket Club, Finch was selected for the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. His maiden first-class century came in the 2009/10 season against Tasmania. In 2012, Finch captained Melbourne Renegades in Big Bash League and was the League’s player of the year. Two years later, he joined Yorkshire County Cricket Club. In 2015, Finch became the first player to score 1000 runs in the Big Bash League.
Finch has played for many teams in the IPL over the years. He was first bought by Rajasthan Royals in 2010. The next year, he was picked up by Delhi Daredevils for a sum of 300,000 USD. Two seasons later, he was picked up by Pune Warriors India.
In 2014 and 2015, Finch played for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians respectively. In 2017, he was bought for 150,000 USD by Gujarat Lions. The next year, he was picked by Kings XI Punjab and was relieved before the 2019 season. Finch gave the 2019 IPL season a miss to prepare for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Finch made his T20I international debut against England cricket team in 2011. Two years later, he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka. In 2013, he scored 156 runs off 63 balls in a T20I, the highest ever T20I individual score. He was selected for the 2015 World Cup side and scored a century in the first match against England.
In 2017, he was named as the stand-in captain of the side for the first ODI against New Zealand in Chappell-Hadlee Trophy and continued to captain the team throughout the series. In 2018, Finch broke his previous record of the highest individual T20I by scoring 172 runs against Zimbabwe. With this feat, he also became the only batsman to score 150+ runs twice in T20I cricket. This was also the highest individual score set by a captain in a T20I inning.
Finch’s Test debut came against Pakistan in 2018. In 2019, he was made the captain of his national side for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Aaron Finch was born to Gary Finch and Sue Finch in Colac, Victoria, Australia.