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Tribute To Aaron Finch: The Selfless One Day Specialist That Can’t Be Summarised In One Day

Tribute to Aaron Finch - Australian Cricketer
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Tribute to Aaron Finch: Though Aaron Finch has an experience of 145 ODI’s (his 146th and final game is underway) to his name, he’s actually batted in 141, to be precise.

In 47 of these, he’s hit either a fifty or registered a tally above the milestone.

Mathematically speaking, Aaron Finch struck a fifty or a fifty plus score in every third ODI inning he played.

Not too bad for a player who wasn’t bad at all by Australian standards, where the prime focus, unlike India, rests on what one’s done; not one’s personality.

Interestingly, Finch has been around since 2013 and as his one day journey comes to an end, he ends the longer of the two white ball formats with a batting average of almost 40 and a strike rate that’s closer to 90.

No one, it mustn’t be forgotten, told Aaron Finch that he mustn’t continue.

Absolutely no one told Aaron Finch that there’s a chance he might not reach his 150th one dayer, such a milestone for any cricketer, let alone one belonging to a hyper competitive cricketing outfit known for accomplishment and excellence.

Yet, in stepping away from the limited overs format, Aaron Finch has done exactly what he did all along in a decade long stint for Australia: shown selflessness.

In an age where it seems not a single day passes by without one doesn’t vaguely use the term “empowerment,” Aaron Finch was a selfless cricketer who empowered his side.

Finch finest hour for Australian one day cricket, it ought to be noted, came at the back of a plan that was essentially meant not for him; but for a colleague of his.

In assuming the one day leadership, circa 2018, Finch had replaced Tim Paine, whose then job became easier as with Finch taking charge of the white-ball leadership, Paine could focus solely on Tests.

Over the course of what has been an exciting, enduring and not to say the least, rewarding one day journey, Aaron Finch became a World Cup winner and oversaw some of the finest talents rise to their full potential.

Think Josh Haxlewood, forget not Pat Cummins, remember Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

As a batsman Finch leaves the 50-over format as quite that Motorsport car, probably F1, that’s extremely capable, dauntless and always in a rush.

As a captain, Finch exits the scene as cricketer whose leadership complemented his style of batting: commanding, yet easy-going.

At a time where boasting – not necessarily possessing- the best physique was pegged as the tool for a cricketer’s success, Aaron Finch broke the robotic requirement, so to speak, by putting the ferocious power of his forearm into good practice instead of showing ‘em off through Insta reels.

Where cricketers chewed their opponents using not-so-pleasant words, Aaron Finch chose to chew gum.

You didn’t sledge “Finchy”.

Not because he was some saint; forget not that all his life he’s been a competitive Australian, not the easiest of characters to subdue or overcome.

But it’s probably down to the fact that Finch played the sport for the love of it, not to exhibit vitriol or create some angry empire run on anarchy where cricketers practice the sport for revenge.

And maybe that is the finest contribution of Finch that, much like his excellent white ball credentials in limited overs cricket, runs the risk of being overlooked or going under appreciated.

That he was a cricketer who played for good, not for revenge.

And when he could so easily have showed off his supremacy for supremacy it was – nearly 2000 of his 5400 ODI runs came in 2019 and 2020- Finch was stranger to arrogance.

During this time, Finch fired a third of his ODI centuries; scoring six of his seventeen in 2019 and 2020 (cumulatively speaking).

Not a cricketer who’d do the sham job of occupying someone else’s spot in a team that needed pure excellence, something that on recent account Finch failed to live up to, the captain decided to move on.

It’s a mark of his respect to a sport and a format that cultivated his under-appreciated legend.

Which is why as Finch has decided to step away from one dayers, he appears content not stuffed with the greed of being unable to accept his own inadequacies.

And that is how his deeds ought to be remembered: as a cricketer who entertained and created a difference his own way; without ever lusting after the desire of being some social media superstar who cajoles fanboys as seen in today’s era.

The right hander exclaimed, “It has been a fantastic ride with some incredible memories.”

“I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of some brilliant one-day sides. Equally, I have been blessed by all those I have played with and the many people behind the scenes.” – Tribute to Aaron Finch

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