Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke is ‘shocked’ that Aaron Finch went unsold in the IPL auction. Finch has been a regular feature in the IPL and it’s the first time in 10 years that he failed to bag a contract in the money rich league. Clarke hailed Finch as one the best cricketers in this format of the game and said that going unsold in the auction is going to hurt him.
"I cannot believe Finchy hasn’t been picked up. Even for Finchy, that’s got to hurt as the Australian T20 captain. I think he’s still, definitely at the top of the order, one of the best in the world," Clarke said on Sky Sports’ Big Sports Breakfast.
Clarke added that Aaron Finch is Australia’s T20 skipper for a reason. He said that if he wasn’t good enough, there is no way the Australian selectors would have backed Finch as a skipper of a national team.
"Are the Australian selectors wrong in Aaron Finch being our Twenty20 captain, or is every IPL franchise wrong? I can’t believe this. The Australian Twenty20 captain has not been bought. Someone is wrong. In no sport on the planet can you captain Australia and miss out on a tournament with a truckload of teams. Don’t tell me Aaron Finch is not good enough to be a part of one of those IPL teams," Clarke added.
Finch is regarded as one of the best strikers of a cricket ball but his form of late has been a cause of concern. Finch, the skipper of the Melbourne Renegades had a miserable tournament with the bat in the BBL 2021 and could score only 179 runs at an average of 13.79. He is the only player in the IPL history to play for as many as eight franchises.