Young New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Finn Allen’s joy reached no bounds after receiving a surprise IPL call-up from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The 21-year-old lad on Monday said the opportunity is pretty surreal and a dream come true moment for him.
Fin Allen has been signed as a replacement for Josh Philipe by RCB for IPL 2021. Allen is an explosive top-order batsman and a handy wicketkeeper.
In an interview with stuff. co.nz, Finn Allen talked about his chat with former New Zealand coach and director of cricket operations at RCB, Mike Hesson.
“He (Mike Hesson) asked if I was interested in coming, and I was like, you don’t even need to ask me that one – it’s my dream come true. It’s so exciting and pretty surreal. I couldn’t really believe it. It took a while to settle in, and now with all the media and everything, it’s kicking in how real it all is,” said Finn Allen.
Finn Allen made his T20 debut for Auckland as a 17-year-old in 2017. Since then he has featured in 17 games, scoring 537 runs at an outstanding strike rate of 183.27. As an opener, he was the top scorer in the latest edition of Super Smash as well.
The young lad recently broke his lucky bat in a T20 game and much to his annoyance, got out the next ball.
Narrating the story, he said, “It was a beautiful bat, and it was a shame it had to go, but that’s what happens in T20, isn’t it. As soon as I was walking out to bat, they were giving me a bit of stick for it, and once it broke, they also gave me a bit of stick for it saying, ‘What’s he going to do now without his lucky bat,’ and then I got out first ball, so there you go”.
RCB is all set to clash against Mumbai Indians in the opening match of IPL 2021 on April 9.