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Ireland vs India: Hardik Padya's men eye 2-0 series sweep in another opportunity for young stars to shine

Source: India Today

Published: Jun 30, 2022

A confident Indian side, led by Hardik Pandya, will look to extend their dominance over Ireland when the two teams meet in the 2nd and final T20I in Dublin on Tuesday, June 28.

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Source: India Today

Published: May 18, 2022

For Australia’s sake, I hope Aaron Finch can sort out his form ahead of T20 World Cup: Shane Watson

Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson said he is worried about Aaron Finch's exploits in T20 cricket ahead of the T20 World Cup later this year, saying that the captain's IPL 2022 performance was far from inspiring confidence.

Questions are being asked as to whether Aaron Finch might prove to be a liability to the Australia team at the T20 World Cup, considering his extended lean patch the shortest format of the game. Finch managed to score at an average of 28 in 2021 and struck at a little over 120 even as Australia went on to win their maiden T20 World Cup campaign under his captaincy.

Finch has not averaged more than 30 since 2020 and his strike rate has dwindled in the recent past. In IPL 2022, Finch struggled at Kolkata Knight Riders, managing just 86 runs in 5 matches at an average of 17.20.

"What I saw of him during the IPL in particular for KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders), wasn’t great and it didn’t fill me with a lot of confidence," Watson told Isa Guha for the iCC.

"But there’s a lot of cricket leading up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and I know he will be working through it as much as he can and, for Australia’s sake, I really hope he can sort that out.

"But at the moment it is pretty glaring. He has got the skills and he is one of the greatest short-form batters that has played for Australia, so he can definitely turn it around, but what I saw didn’t fill me with a lot of confidence."

Watson, furthermore, highlighted that Aaron Finch is thinking too much about the incoming deliveries which has been his major issue across all formats of the game and that the skipper should look to be more proactive, especially in T20 cricket.

The former opener, who was part of the 2015 World Cup-winning team, said it's too late to drop Aaron Finch and that the skipper has quite a few games in the lead up to the World Cup to sort out his technical issues.

"The hierarchy of Australian cricket (national selector) George Bailey and (coach) Andrew McDonald are saying that Aaron Finch is going to be the captain for the T20 World Cup, so I would be surprised if they changed that," Watson noted.

"Everyone I talk to about his captaincy says they enjoy everything that Aaron Finch does on the field ... he has obviously been doing a lot right.

"I've got my fingers crossed that Aaron is able to sort out what is going on with his technique at the moment and he has got plenty of games to get it right up until the T20 World Cup."