Aaron Finch becomes 1st player in IPL history to join 9 different teams as KKR sign him as replacement

Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch has become the first player in the Indian Premier League to earn a contract from nine different franchises as the Kolkata Knight Riders have roped him in as a replacement for Alex Hales ahead of the 2022 IPL season. Finch won the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 as the captain of the Australian cricket team. However, none of the teams bid for him at the IPL 2022 Mega Auction.


Finch went unsold last year as well, whereas the year before that, he turned up for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020. Prior to that, he donned the Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Pune Warriors, Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions and Punjab Kings jersey in his career.

Chennai Super Kings is the only team which played in IPL 2021 and has not signed Aaron yet, while new teams Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans are the ones in IPL 2022 whom Finch is yet to join.

Finch’s arrival will be a massive boost for the Kolkata Knight Riders because he has done well in the shortest format of the game. His recent form has not been up to the mark, but Finch is a world-class player who has immense experience of playing in Indian conditions.

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Aaron Finch replaced Alex Hales because the England batter pulled out of IPL 2022

The Kolkata Knight Riders signed Alex Hales at the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. However, an IPL press release stated that he would not play in the tournament because of bio-bubble fatigue.

“Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have signed Aaron Finch as a replacement for England batter Alex Hales for the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Hales has cited bubble fatigue as his reason for withdrawal from the tournament,” the statement reads.

KKR have got variety in their top-order options now with Finch joining the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Sam Billings and Nitish Rana.

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