RCB vs SRH Game Was One Of Sixes, Not Of Batsmanship: Aaron Finch

Apr16,2024



Bengaluru:

Australia's T20 World Cup-winning captain Aaron Finch said Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore bombed sixes in their IPL match, leaving very little space for batting and what mattered was who hit the most sixes. Travis Head's maiden T20 century and Heinrich Klaasen's 67 helped SRH post a record-breaking 287 for three, helping them surpass their total of 277/3 against Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad on March 27 .

Dinesh Karthik then played a explosive inning of 83 runs in 35 balls, but RCB lost the match, hitting 38 sixes all around the park.

“This will never be a game where you will talk about batsmen. This is a game where you will talk about who hit the most sixes and that was the difference,” Finch said on Star Sports.

“They (RCB) had to start with 14 (runs per over). And if you have one bad over it becomes 16.” Finch said that the Hyderabad team made good use of the powerplay segment.

“They (SRH) were getting lucky in the powerplay first and they needed those sixes and Travis Head was the difference there.

“He started well, his intention was to rotate the ball and then he took a bold step of putting Klaasen at No. 3 and said that we need to step up, we have a deep batting line-up and we need to attack the bowlers. Going to install.” The sword is here,” Finch said.

Head's devastating century, scored off 39 balls, was the fourth fastest century in the tournament, and was the cornerstone of SRH's 25-run win.

Finch said IPL teams have started changing their strategies by bringing in big hitters like Klaasen up the order because they play fearless cricket.

“Many times teams think that Klaasen has so much strength on the backend, let's stop him. Like (RCB's) Glenn Maxwell, you don't want to expose him right now because if he gets out, we'll have to rebuild. Teams don't think like that anymore.

“(SRH coach) Dan Vettori has talked about it, play aggressively, play fearlessly and if it doesn't go right then face the consequences. If it goes right, you won't lose.” Dinesh Karthik once again underlined his usefulness by scoring 83 runs in 35 balls at a strike rate of 237. Finch said that given his over two decades of experience in the game, the ability to hit the ball comes naturally to Karthik.

“Well, once you have 20-25 years of experience, and you have the same number of balls that you have played in your entire career since the age of five, you don't lose the ability to bat.

“So, I think, it works in their favor because they train specifically for the role they play for their team. They don't overtrain, they train to improve their skills.” They're not trying to improve or they're not trying to improve anymore, they just train specifically,” Finch said.

The Victorian cricketer said players like Karthik are examples for others preparing to be specific about their roles.

“This should be a lesson to players around the world, that you have to be really specific about your preparation and how you do it.

“You can hit as many balls as you want, if you come in the middle with a bad mind or are not fresh, no matter how well you are playing, it will be difficult for you.”

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