Aaron Finch has created an unusual record in the Indian Premier League by becoming the first player to take the field for seven different franchises..
Aaron Finch has created an unusual record in the Indian Premier League by becoming the first player to take the field for seven different franchises.
Finch, who could well be in line to take on the national captaincy in Australia's limited-overs teams later this year due to the suspensions of Steve Smith and David Warner, is plying his trade with Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2018.
His arrival at the Mohali-based team adds to a lengthy list, preceded by the Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions.
"It's a little bit embarrassing, to be honest," Finch told cricket.com.au with a grin.
"Two of the teams that I played for – one was Rajasthan that I came in as a replacement player and only played the last game of the tournament. The other was Pune (and) the year after I captained, they folded.
"I suppose you could almost take two of them out.
"It's still seven – it's a lot isn't it?"
Finch missed Punjab's opening match of the tournament but had a reasonable excuse for his absence – his wedding.
He has since endured a horror start to his 2018 campaign – lbw for a first-ball duck twice in succession – but he says the franchise, under Australian mentor Brad Hodge, is feeling optimistic about the tournament ahead.
"At the start of the tournament, everyone is always really excited to start off and get up and running," Finch said.
"It's a great bunch of guys, led by 'Hodgey' as the coach and (Ravi) Ashwin who's the captain, who's played so much Test cricket.
With Input From: www.cricket.com.au/
Source: NYOOOZ DESK - IPL 2018