“You’d be very brave to write out Virat at any stage,” says Australia T20I captain Aaron Finch. Australia captain Aaron Finch complimented Virat Kohli ahead of the first T20I, calling him “one of the best players of all time.”
The Australia team, captained by Aaron Finch, will begin their T20 World Cup preparations on Tuesday, when they face India in the first of three T20Is at PCA Stadium in Mohali. Finch’s form has recently been called into doubt, and the right-handed hitter has decided to withdraw from ODIs. Finch has 247 runs in 9 T20Is in 2022, and he would now like to help Australia get off to a solid start at the top.
Finch had a virtual press conference ahead of the three-match series against India, where he discussed his personal form, Virat Kohli’s 71 international tons, the role of Steve Smith, and the team’s preparations for the World Cup.
Virat Kohli just achieved his first international century in over three years, as well as his first T20I century.
“You’d have to be a courageous guy to write out Virat at any point. He has demonstrated for the past 15 years that he is one of the best players of all time. He is someone who has developed and grown his game over a lengthy period of time, particularly in T20 cricket. When you’re up against Virat, you’re constantly trying to prepare to the best of your ability “remarked Finch at a press conference
“He’s fantastic, 71 international hundreds, that’s absurd, isn’t it?” he continued.
In response to an NDTV question on his own form, Finch stated: “I believe that after a while, you become very comfortable with criticism and the like. My form in T20 cricket has been pretty fantastic for a long time now. If you separate the ODI and T20I formats, I believe they are absolutely different. They are various game types, and we are really thrilled to be here to play these three games.”
Finch responded to another NDTV question on Steve Smith’s importance moving into the World Cup by saying: “Yes, he is free to play however he wants; with Mitchell Marsh out, he will most certainly bat third in this series. We know Steve’s talent; he is one of the finest players who has ever played the game in any format.”
“We know his talent, game sense, and tactical mouse, and we are quite certain that no matter what role he has to play inside the framework of the group, he can accomplish that,” he continued.
Tim David, a big-hitting batter, has also been called up for the series against India. Finch, on the other hand, remained tight-lipped on whether the batter will make his Australia debut on Tuesday.
“We haven’t decided on an XI yet; we’ll wait till we see the wicket at the ground today. Tim, on the other hand, has been really impressive in T20 cricket for quite some time. He is someone we know has power; he has demonstrated it all across the world where he has played. Has been exceptional since he came into the squad with such a positive mentality. With his ability to bowl a few overs, he is a very solid all-round package. We’re looking forward to seeing what he adds to the team “Finch stated.