Digital Desk, Melbourne. Australia’s white-ball captain Aaron Finch on Thursday said that he would love to stay in the Indian Premier League (IPL) even after he is not picked by any team in the IPL mega auction on February 12 and 13. Representing eight franchises in 85 IPL matches, Finch scored 2005 runs at an average of 25.71, including 14 half-centuries.
Finch last played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2020 season of the tournament and was released by the franchise after the season ended. After going unsold in the auction ahead of IPL 2021, Finch scripted history to win the T20 World Cup title in 2022, but none of the ten franchises picked him up in the mega auction.
Finch said at Sen’s Dwayne’s World Show, I love playing in the IPL, no doubt about it. But the structure of the Indian franchise, there are a lot of top-order players out there who can do a really good job. Perhaps he can fill the gap which is missing in many teams around. “I wasn’t surprised, I would have loved to be there, because I’ve had 10 great years there, so I can be thankful for that,” Finch said.
Finch further felt that the demand for batsmen at number 5, 6 and 7 was such that he was not signed by any IPL team before the 2022 season.
Apart from Finch, his teammates like leg-spinner Adam Zampa, batsmen Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, wicketkeeper-batsman Ben McDermott, pacers Andrew Tye, Ben Dwarshuis and Kane Richardson, all-rounders Moises Henriques and Ben Cutting remained unsold in the IPL mega auction. For now, Finch will lead Australia in the last two T20Is against Sri Lanka in Melbourne.