Aaron Finch was once considered to be a beast for Australia but has not fared well for the team of late. The Australian skipper failed to bring up his best in the last match against Zimbabwe as he raced back after scoring 15 runs. The skipper received a lot of criticism for his continued failures, but many have backed the batter as well.
One of the recent to have backed him is former Australian skipper and legend, Ricky Ponting. The legendary player advised the experienced batter to not worry about getting out and opined that he must amass runs. He said to CODE Sports that the skipper must remain positive on such occasions and shared his experience when he was going through a rough patch.
Aaron Finch and David Warner have been Australia’s successful opening pair and have aggregated more than 10,000 runs for the opening wicket over the past ten years. With the former’s failure getting a lot of attention, it will be a tough road ahead for the Australian skipper.
“I don’t know where he’s at, headspace wise now. But anyone that’s played the game as a batter has been there at some stage in their career. I know at the back-end of my career, when runs weren’t flowing quite as freely, the fact I was just trying too hard to be perfect and do everything right, I wasn’t allowing myself to free up and play the way I’ve always played,” Ponting told CODE Sports.
Stop worrying about being perfect: Ricky Ponting
The Aussie legend went on to advise the skipper to not worry about the dry phase and backed him to go big in the future. He predicted that the Australian team will be in a much better place once he starts scoring runs.
“If I could give him any advice it’s, ‘Stop worrying about being perfect, stop worrying about getting out, and start thinking about scoring runs first’. If you think about scoring runs you’ll score runs, if you think about not getting out, you’ll get out. That’s certainly my experience in the game anyway,” Ponting said.
“But he’s crucial for them. If he’s captain and scoring runs, and in good for leading into a World Cup, I’m sure the Australian team will be in a lot better place,” he concluded.