“You need to play at your absolute best to beat them”-Finch on Afghans
Australia skipper Aaron Finch takes a vigilant approach before their first match against Afghanistan in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 at Bristol County Ground in Bristol on June 1.
Finch pointed out the Afghanistan’s 3-wicket win over Pakistan and mentioned them as a “dangerous” side who can beat anyone on their day. “In the event that you take your foot off the gas for a second they will hurt you,” said Finch, “despite everything you need to play at your absolute best to beat them.”
“They’ve transformed into an extremely world-class side on times. They have the absolute best bowlers in the world and their batting is improving constantly. You can never take a particular side like that for granted. To see their development over the most recent four years specifically has been enormous. Indeed, even them winning their warm-up game against Pakistan, they played splendidly. They bowled superb, they batted astounding.
“They got such a tremendous after of cricket fans in Afghanistan and some gigantic marquee players that are so looked for after around the world. Cricket is becoming speedier and snappier there and it’s an extraordinary story. I was talking to their skipper Gulbadin [Naib] a few days ago and he was stating how passionate their fans are and how they have bolster everywhere throughout the world now which is enormous for the round of cricket,” the Australian skipper added.
Australia faced Afghanistan in the previous World Cup also in 2015 and they crushed the Afghans by a huge 275 runs. But Finch was not thinking about the result and admitted that the situation is much different this time.
“If you glance back at 2015, we played them at the WACA which was most likely the farthest from their home conditions you could get. They are a dangerous side, extremely hazardous. We have seen far and wide a portion of the exhibitions their players are placing up in exceptionally strong domestic competitions,” the skipper said.