‘A career to be immensely proud of’
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Australia’s leading run scorer in T20Is and the skipper who led them to their maiden T20 World Cup Title, Aaron Finch, has called time on his international career after announcing his retirement from T20Is on Tuesday, February 7. Finch’s retirement from the format means that he won’t be donning the Australian jersey anymore since he retired from the 50-over format last year.
The 36-year-old has been one of the most loyal servants in Australian cricket, especially in the shorter formats of the game. A popular figure in the dressing room, Finch tasted success with the national team after lifting the 50-over World Cup in 2015. The explosive opener is arguably one of the most destructive batters in white-ball cricket and holds the record for the highest score by a batter in T20Is.
Finch’s decision to retire from T20Is was predicted by many, as the batter had endured a lean run of form in the last six months, with the next edition of the T20 World Cup still a distant memory. The Aussie star will continue playing domestic cricket and will be representing the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL.
While Pat Cummins took over the captaincy duties in the 50-over format last year, it is unlikely that the pacer will be considered for the T20I role. Former Australian skipper Steve Smith might get the opportunity to lead the team after showing his capabilities with the bat for the Sydney Sixers in the recently concluded BBL edition. However, the departing cricketer has indicated at several new faces who are capable of leading the side with Ashton Turner understood to be the front-runner for the position.
Finch’s capabilities with the bat will be a huge loss for the national team as his opening partner David Warner is also nearing the latter stages of his career. It will be interesting to see how the team management copes with the departure of their influential skipper, who will go down as one of the legends of white-ball cricket.
Here is how Twitter reacted after Aaron Finch retired from international cricket:
एरोन फिंच का अंतरराष्ट्रीय क्रिकेट से संन्यास।
Australia’s most successful T20I batter and captain Aaron Finch retires from international cricket.
— Govind Pratap Singh | GPS (@govindprataps12) February 7, 2023
What a career. What a leader. Aaron Finch can go proudly with his captaincy skills inspiring future. His batting skill set too was unique for his generation being one of the foremost pioneers of cricketers carving out a career of white ball expertise #Aaronfinch
— vineet jacob (@JacobVineet) February 7, 2023
Aaron Finch, a white ball cricket icon, retires. Unfortunately, couldn’t do too well in Asia but a mighty fine player nonetheless.
Great character and was incredibly instrumental in steering Australia away from a trench hole after sandpaper gate.
— Vishesh Monga (@infinitevishesh) February 7, 2023
Played Finchy! A career to be immensely proud of – destructive batter, sharp tactician and a very likeable bloke. Always loved listening to him – comes with a highly positive vibe. He’s had a fine career! #AaronFinch
— Soorya Sesha (@sooryasesha7) February 7, 2023
Aaron Finch calls time on a storied international career 👏 pic.twitter.com/V0tiAH12up
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) February 6, 2023
Aaron Finch will be remembered in my backyard for many years to come. Leading Australia through SL’s economic crisis not only did he say all the right things but never grumbled despite numerous hardships. After all, 35,000 fans turned up at RPS wearing yellow to thank Aussies. pic.twitter.com/kUWdQCegoE
— Rex Clementine (@RexClementine) February 7, 2023
Aaron Finch announces his retirement from international cricket @7NewsMelbourne @7Cricket pic.twitter.com/MLeBLXfzqe
— Andrew McCormack (@_AMcCormack7) February 6, 2023
•5406 runs, 38.9 ave in ODIs.
•3120 runs, 34.3 ave, 142.5 SR in T20I.
•8804 runs, 19 100s in Int’l cricket.
•Highest individual score in T20I.
•Won T20 WC as captain.
Aaron Finch is one of the finest white ball player in this modern era. Thank you, Finchy for all memories! pic.twitter.com/r5P6VBZuSn
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) February 7, 2023
Congrats on a fine limited overs career for AUS, Aaron Finch.
Still remember that 156 he scored v ENG in Southampton.
Yes, I had watched him compile some runs for PW (especially 2013) in the IPL but that knock made me sit up and take notice of his limited overs prowess.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) February 7, 2023
T20 World Cup winning captain, highest individual score in T20I, 19 hundreds with more than 8000 runs including 507 runs in the 2019 ODI World Cup for Australia.
Thank you, Aaron Finch. pic.twitter.com/xhT72f0XQC
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 7, 2023
Aaron Finch has confirmed his retirement from international cricket.
No cricketer in history has scored more T20I runs at a higher strike rate than the Victorian.
“The time is right to the let the T20 team move on to a new phase.”
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) February 6, 2023