Aaron Finch is an Australian cricket player. He was part of the 2015 World Cup-winning Australian team that defeated New Zealand to win the prestigious tournament. Though he has played one day cricket and test cricket for Australia, Finch is best known for his records in the shortest version (Twenty20) of the game. On July 3, 2018, he scored 172 runs in a Twenty20 match against Zimbabwe, and became only the second Australian batsman to score two centuries in Twenty20 internationals (T20I). He currently holds the record for the highest individual T20I score by an opening batsman. Since he was the captain of his team when he scored 172 runs against Zimbabwe, he also holds the record for the highest T20I score by a captain. In the popular Twenty20 cricket league the ‘Indian Premier League’ (IPL), Aaron Finch has played for teams like ‘Pune Warriors India,’ ‘Rajasthan Royals,’ ‘Delhi Daredevils,’ ‘Sunrisers Hyderabad,’ ‘Kings XI Punjab,’ and ‘Gujarat Lions.’ He skipped the 2019 edition of the ‘IPL’ in order to focus on the 2019 ‘Cricket World Cup.’
Childhood & Early Life
Aaron James Finch was born on November 17, 1986, in Colac, Victoria, Australia, to Gary and Sue Finch. He was raised in Victoria along with his siblings, Mat and Jess Finch. During his younger days, Finch played as a wicketkeeper-batsman, before putting all his focus solely on batting.
As a junior cricketer, he played for the ‘Colac West Cricket Club.’ In 2006, he was selected to play for the Australian team at the ‘Under-19 Cricket World Cup,’ which was held in Sri Lanka. Finch earned the opportunity to play for Victoria during the 2009 – 2010 season. He scored his maiden first-class century at the ‘Melbourne Cricket Ground’ (MCG), when he played against Tasmania.
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Domestic & IPL Career
Aaron Finch played in the 2010 ‘Airtel Champions League Twenty20’ tournament for ‘Victorian Bushrangers.’ In the same year, he was picked by the ‘IPL’ team ‘Rajasthan Royals.’ The following year, he was bought by another ‘IPL’ franchise ‘Delhi Daredevils’ for US$300,000.
In 2011, he became part of ‘Melbourne Renegades’ during the inaugural ‘Big Bash League’ (BBL). Finch had an amazing 2012, as he was appointed as the captain of ‘Melbourne Renegades.’ In the same year, he also became the ‘Big Bash League’ player of the year.
Meanwhile, he continued playing domestic cricket for his home team Victoria. On October 7, 2012, he scored a record 154 runs against Queensland in a domestic one-day match at the Gabba. In the 2013 IPL, he played for ‘Pune Warriors India’ after spending the previous two ‘IPL’ seasons with the ‘Delhi Daredevils.’
In February 2014, ‘Yorkshire County Cricket Club’ announced that Finch would be joining the ‘Yorkshire County Cricket Club’ in May 2014. On February 12, 2014, ‘Sunrisers Hyderabad’ bought him for 640,000 USD in the ‘IPL Player Auction.’ In July, he helped ‘MCC XI’ win a 50-over exhibition match, which was played to mark the 200th anniversary of the third ‘Lord's Cricket Ground.’
In 2015, Finch was bought by the ‘Mumbai Indians’ for 530,000 USD. However, he could not play in the 2015 ‘IPL’ season due to an injury.
After recovering from his injury, he went on to become the first player to score 1000 runs in ‘BBL’ during a match against the ‘Brisbane Heat’ on December 20, 2015.
In 2016, he joined ‘Gujarat Lions, and played the next two ‘IPL’ seasons for the ‘Lions’ before joining ‘Kings XI Punjab.’
On July 14, 2018, he scored 131 runs for Surrey in a Twenty20 county match.
Finch played his first international T20 match against England on January 12, 2011. Two years later, he made his one-day international (ODI) debut against Sri Lanka on January 11, 2013.
He started hogging the limelight in 2013 when he recorded the highest ever T20I individual score on August 29, 2013, during a match against England at the ‘Rose Bowl,’ Southampton. Finch scored 156 runs off 63 balls, surpassing the previous record of 123 runs held by New Zealand player Brendon McCullum.
He became part of the national team for the 2015 ‘Cricket World Cup.’ In his debut ‘World Cup’ match against England, he scored 135 runs, helping Australia beat England by 111 runs.
The following year, he became part of the Australian team for the 2016 ‘ICC World T20.’ Surprisingly, Finch was not selected for the first two matches of the tournament despite being rated as the number one international T20 batsman at the time.
On January 30, 2017, he was appointed as the stand-in captain for the Australian one day team when Matthew Wade suffered an injury, before the first game against New Zealand during the ‘Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.’ Finch continued to captain the Australian side for the entire tournament, as Wade was ruled out of the series.
On July 3, 2018, he scored 172 runs against Zimbabwe, becoming the only batsman to score 150 or more runs in two T20I matches. During his innings of 172 runs, Finch created several other records. In September 2018, he was selected to play the test series against Pakistan. On October 7, 2018, he made his Test debut against Pakistan.
Finch became the 29th Australian player to represent his country in 100 one-day international matches. He achieved the feat in March 2019 when he played against India at ‘Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium’ in Hyderabad. In 2019, he was named the captain of Australia's one-day international team for the 2019 ‘Cricket World Cup.’
Finch was close to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes who died on November 27, 2014, after being hit on the neck while playing in the ‘Sheffield Shield’ at the ‘Sydney Cricket Ground.’ Finch was one of the pallbearers at Phillip Hughes' funeral on December 3, 2014.
Aaron Finch dated an Indian girl from Mumbai. After breaking up with her, he started dating Amy Griffiths and went on to marry her in 2018. He currently lives in Australia along with his wife, Griffiths.