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Aussie icon Aaron Finch picks the most dangerous batter in T20 cricket

Feb 9, 2024

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In the electrifying world of T20 cricket, where boundaries reign supreme and every ball can be a game-changer, the presence of explosive batters is pivotal. These are the players who can turn the tide of a match with their aggressive strokeplay, often dismantling bowling attacks with effortless ease. Their ability to consistently clear the ropes and maintain a high strike rate makes them prized assets in any T20 team.

The fast-paced nature of T20 cricket demands a unique set of skills from its players. Unlike traditional formats, where patience and endurance are celebrated virtues, T20 cricket thrives on innovation, audacity, and the willingness to take calculated risks. In this high-octane environment, dangerous batters emerge as the architects of chaos, capable of single-handedly altering the course of a match with their explosive batting prowess.

Aaron Finch reveals his choice

Former Australian captain Aaron Finch, a stalwart in the world of T20 cricket himself, recently weighed in on who he believes to be the most dangerous batter in the format. Surprisingly, Finch’s pick is not a household name like Suryakumar Yadav or Heinrich Klaasen, but a rising star whose potential has caught the eye of the cricketing fraternity.

Finch went with the young Aussie prodigy Jake Fraser-McGurk, who has been gaining attention with his batting exploits. Finch lauded Fraser-McGurk’s aggressive style of play, particularly his ability to start scoring boundaries right from the word go.

“Jake Fraser-McGurk, for me. Just the way he plays. Yes, it’s high risk, yes, you have to take the good with the bad, but for me, I think anyone who can hit sixes from ball one and keep going… a lot of times guys get off to a flyer, then they pull back,” said Finch on Around the Wicket show at ESPN.

Finch acknowledged that Fraser-McGurk’s approach comes with inherent risks but also admired the young batter’s consistency in maintaining his attacking mindset throughout his innings,

“He (Fraser-McGurk) keeps the foot flat to the floor, and that excites me but also frustrates me playing with him at times,” added Finch.

Also READ: Kohli, Smith, Williamson or Root? Aussie legend Michael Clarke picks the best all-format player

Finch explains difference between being positive and being reckless

Finch also emphasized the importance of game awareness and adaptability in cricket, particularly in the context of balancing positivity and aggression with strategic decision-making. He drew a distinction between being positive and being reckless, highlighting the need for players to understand when to adjust their approach based on the match situation.

“I think game awareness is the one thing that you have to just take into account all the time. It’s one thing to be positive and at times over positive over aggressive but when you get the opportunity to win a game or assess a situation you have to be brave enough to play a different style of game that might be against how you want to play but how the game dictates your play is the most important thing,” explained Finch.

Also READ: Aaron Finch predicts his Australia XI for T20 World Cup 2024; leaves out Steve Smith

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