We have confidence in our batting: Finch
Australia opener Aaron Finch clinically decimated the Indian bowling attack in the two encounters on the tour so far. Although he ended up on the losing side in the T20I at Rajkot, his 79-ball 72-run effort in Pune came in a winning cause in the first ODI of the seven-match series.
He timed the ball beautifully to help Australia to a solid start in a 110-run opening start with Phillip Hughes. That paved the way for the rest of the line-up to propel the team to a formidable total, which was enough for their bowlers to defend against the strong Indian batting line-up.
While speaking to bcci.tv, Finch spoke about his role at the top of the order and his team strategy in the ongoing bilateral series.
Excerpts from his post match interview:
Tell us about your role at the top of the order. You have been taking time to get in and lay foundations
I think the role for myself and Hugey (Phillip Hughes) at the top of the order is to really get us off to a good start. It probably took us five or six overs to get going and it was quite tough. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) bowled exceptionally well at the start of the innings, so we decided to wait, and wait, and once we saw him through, we found it a bit easy to time the ball. It was just a tough wicket at the start. o we had to wait and we ended up having a nice partnership there, which was good.
Is it part of the strategy that one of you will hold up one end while the batsman at other end will go after the bowling?
We know India have a fantastic batting line-up, so we have to get around 280-300 runs in most games. So we felt that we have to keep attacking throughout the innings. At times we lose too many wickets, but in the end I think to get 300-odd runs on this wicket was a great effort.
What have you done to adapt to the conditions in India, which are very different to Australia?
Not a lot. We play so much cricket here now, through the IPL (Indian Premier League) and various other tours, that the guys can adapt their game pretty quickly to these conditions.
And I am just looking to hit the ball and not be afraid to take them over the top if I have to.
Australia and India, both have good batting depth. So should we expect to see more of a contest in the batting department?
It depends on what kind of wickets there are going to be in the next few games. I suppose that in the past, through the IPL the Jaipur wicket has had a bit of pace and carry in it. So that seems to be a good batting wicket. So I think the teams that can defend better with the ball are going to be more successful.
We have got confidence in our batting side to keep attacking throughout the innings. So we are really looking forward to the next game.