Watch: Aaron Finch’s unluckiest dismissal in BBL
Aaron Finch hasn’t been at his best in the shortest format of the game. His terrible form in this format extends back to the IPL where he scored a half-century just once in 12 innings. The right-handed batsman was axed by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Australia’s young cricketer Josh Phillippe towards the end of the competition.
Finch’s rough patch is temporary and would be looking forward to a good start soon. However, during the Big Bash derby between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars, Finch was dismissed in the unusual circumstances, a dismissal which nobody saw that coming at Marvel Stadium.
Australian ODI captain found a more unlucky way to get dismissed during the fourth over of the Renegades run-chase. Afghanistan spinner Zahir Khan bowled a fullish delivery down the legside which Renegades captain attempted to sweep towards fine leg. Finch was already under immense pressure as he consumed too many balls than the runs scored.
In a bid to ease off the pressure, Finch was looking for a boundary over fine leg. But as it turned out, it was a swing and a miss. Finch didn’t get any sort of contact with the bat but the ball bounced off the underside of his thigh pad and then ricocheted into the stumps.
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The 34-year-old captain couldn’t really believe his mode of dismissal before making his way back to the dressing room. Even commentators were in deep shock of the dismissal. “You cannot believe it, Aaron Finch cannot believe what has happened. The look on his face, that’s a reflection of the season,” Fox Cricket commentator Mark Howard said.
Former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey replied: “That’s one of the unluckiest dismissals you can have. And the Stars players, they feel sorry for Finch here too. They know how unlucky he is.”
Finch is going through a rough patch in the 10th season of the BBL this summer. Melbourne Renegades captain managed to score just 169 runs in 11 innings at a poor batting average of 15.39 with the highest score of 39.
Finch reacted to his dismissal after his team won the game by 5 wickets. “If you don’t laugh, you cry. I don’t know how it’s ended up back on the stumps. You combine that with leg side and run-out off the bowler’s fingers, it could have been a different season. That’s professional cricket. You have to dust yourself off and keep improving and getting better all the time,” Finch told Channel 7 after Renegades won the derby.