Aaron Finch turned out to be the biggest disappointment for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2020 as felt by renowned commentator Aakash Chopra.
Chopra made this observation while reviewing the Virat Kohli-led side’s season in a video shared on his YouTube channel. Aaron Finch has scored at an average of 40 in ODIs and 38 in T20Is and is Australia’s limited-overs skipper which wasn’t reciprocated in IPL 2020 where he failed miserably with the bat despite getting many chances.
Aaron Finch Had A Whole Lot Of Chances But The Form Or Run Wasn’t Seen: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra picked Aaron Finch as the biggest letdown for RCB in IPL 2020, considering the huge expectations the franchise had from him.
“Aaron Finch was the biggest disappointment for RCB this season. They had put huge stakes on him and stuck with him for a long time as well. You expect the Finch hitting from him.”
The reputed commentator observed that RCB reposed significant faith in Aaron Finch having bought him for 4 crores. He highlighted that franchise made the aggressive opener play the first eleven matches even though he was not amongst the runs, which was unlike the way Moeen Ali was handled.
“He got a whole lot of chances to bat. So no one can say that he played in this team and was not given the chances. You can say that for Moeen Ali, that he was in and out of the team but Aaron Finch played all the matches, I mean he played 10-12 matches at the start.”
The former KKR player said that the Australian limited-overs captain neither exhibited any form nor scored the runs as expected despite consistent backing. Aakash Chopra illustrated that RCB then tried out wicket-keeper Joshua Philippe at the top of the order, which also did not yield the desired required results.
“But the form was not seen at all. Neither the form was seen nor the runs. He was even dropped at the end and then brought back again because Joshua Philippe did not do a great job either.”
Aaron Finch didn’t even finish among top 30 run-scorers while Moeen Ali scored a meagre 12 runs from 3 matches. Josh Phillippe and Gurkeerat Mann Singh scored 71 runs each and were also behind RCB’s downfall.
Aakash Chopra: Lot Of Expectations Were From Aaron Finch Who Was Expected To Give Starts
Aakash Chopra observed that RCB would have expected Aaron Finch to deliver at the top of the order alongside opener Devdutt Padikkal as it would have considerably eased the pressure on middle-order consisting of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
“But you had more expectations from Aaron Finch. Because imagine if Devdutt Padikkal was playing well from one side and Aaron Finch had been playing well, then the pressure and responsibility would have been less on Virat and AB de Villiers.”
He added that an established opener like him is expected to give performances like the ones delivered by Quinton de Kock for the Mumbai Indians and the pair of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal for the Kings XI Punjab who all were among top 15 run-scorers in IPL 2020.
“And you need a Quinton de Kock type of performance or say the KL Rahul or Mayank Agarwal type of performance that suddenly catapults your team to greater heights.”
Aakash Chopra concluded by observing that Aaron Finch’s lack of form was one of the primary reasons behind RCB being unable to finish higher than the fourth position in the league table.
“But that did not happen with this team. And the main reason for that was the big-stake player who was played, that is Aaron Finch and from RCB’s perspective he was a bit of a disappointment.”
Aaron Finch managed to score just 268 runs in 12 matches he played in IPL 2020, at a substandard average of 22.33 and at an even more pathetic strike rate of 111.20. He had just a solitary fifty-plus score in the tournament and didn’t give RCB the starts that were needed from a batsman of his repute.