It was a big blow to the Mumbai Indians when they found out that the World Cup winner and their opener Aaron Finch had torn his hamstring in their last encounter against the Rajasthan Royals. Finch joins fellow Australian World Cup winner Josh Hazlewood in the list of people who are out of the campaign for Mumbai Indians.
Finch tore his hamstring while taking a run for his side along with Parthiv Patel for the first wicket.
Finch, who was bought by MI during this year’s auctions, has been a part of the playing XI for all of their three matches so far but hasn’t had a successful time, scoring just 23 runs at an average of 11.50. With Finch now unlikely to take any further part in the season,
After undergoing a scan on Wednesday, Finch tweeted from his twitter handle @AaronFinch5 :
Looks like I’ll be out of the rest of @IPL at this stage! The scan showed a bit of damage, absolutely shattered!
This paves the way for alternates like Lendl Simmons and Aiden Blizzard to take his place as the opener. The latter has been a part of Mumbai Indians since 2011, and was bought again this season whereas the former was one of the key elements in MI’s resurgence for playoff qualification, scoring 347 runs in 7 innings including the only century in the league stage.
However, MI could still go for another replacement, this can be of either of the departments of the game. Mostly a clinical bowler which MI lacks, or a quality batsman who matches Finch’s standard. Here are the few replacements for the spot left vacant :-
1) Cameron White : He’s an explosive batsman, he belongs to Melbourne and also has greater amount of T20 experience, exactly the same traits what Aaron Finch holds. Cameron is no stranger to this format, formerly playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013, unsold since then. Now as a free agent, could be picked to replace his fellow experience, adding depth to Mumbai’s batting.
David Hussey : Another Australian who belongs to Victoria and no stranger to IPL, David Hussey could also be another replacement for Aaron Finch. He had previously played as a replacement for Dwayne Bravo at Chennai Super Kings, who ironically has hold of his brother Michael. He can also bowl in a few overs if needed and smash it all around the park. Could be an experienced plus viable addition to Mumbai Indians.
Anton Devcich : What other options can MI explore for? How about an all rounder? And Anton Devcich can be worth that choice if picked to replace Finch. He’s an allrounder from New Zealand who can open the innings as well as be used as a regular bowling option. The bushy beard lad is also one of the strong hands on field. And he doesn’t play tests as well, an advantage to the fact that New Zealand players will leave midway through the IPL for International Commitments. Could he be on his way to join his Northern Districts teammate Corey Anderson? Let’s see..
Farhaan Behardien : Another allrounder on this list who belongs to South Africa, Behardien is also another option to replace Finch at MI. Behardien is an energetic and astute cricketer. Quick between the wickets, although sometimes untidy, his method is to score quickly and busily. As an agile fielder, particularly at point or in the gully, Behardien was a Jonty Rhodes in the making while playing for the Titans, where he established himself as one of the most reliable players on the South African domestic circuit.
Brad Hodge : A part of IPL since its inception playing for the likes of Kolkata Knight Riders, Kochi Tuskers and Rajasthan Royals, nothing could keep this Victorian away from this list. Adding to the fact that he has traits of all White, Hussey and Finch. He holds the maximum runs in this format and is a seasoned veteran of the game. He was a part of Rajasthan Royals before being released by the franchise earlier this year and went unsold in the IPL auctions. Only time will tell if Mumbai goes for experience by adding Hodge as a replacement for Finch, thereby being a part of the legendary Mumbai staff consisting of Anil Kumble, Ricky Ponting, Shane Bond and Sachin Tendulkar.
Notable alternates : Matthew Wade, Dean Elgar, Richard Levi, Callum Ferguson, Dirk Nannes, Ashton Agar.