He started the season absent for KXIP’s opening game against Delhi Daredevils due to his marriage with his girlfriend, Amy Griffiths, in Melbourne.
He joined immediately after the wedding, however, to play for KXIP’s second game, against Royal Challengers’ Bangalore – RCB’s only victory this season to date.
He came in to replace Mayank Agarwal in the fourth over and was out on a golden duck – an lbw bowled by Umesh Yadav.
KXIP’s third match against CSK was a victory, however, with no help from Finch. His previous performance pushed him back in the batting line-up. He came in to leave the field as quickly as he had come on another golden duck under the same circumstances as before, the only difference being the bowler, who was Imran Tahir in this case.
Another embarrassing aspect of this season for Finch is KXIP is the seventh different IPL franchise he is playing for – the only player in IPL history to be handed around so many teams
“It’s a little bit embarrassing, to be honest,” Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“Two of the teams that I played for – one was Rajasthan that I came in as a replacement player and only played the last game of the tournament. The other was Pune (and) the year after I captained, they folded. I suppose you could almost take two of them out,” he said.
“It’s still seven – it’s a lot, isn’t it?”
He had played for Rajasthan Royals, Pune Warriors, Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils in the previous season. Let’s hope Finch gets his mojo back before KXIP’s next home game against SRH on April 19th.