Is Allen the Next Big Thing in NZ Cricket?

30 Nov 2021

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The Super Smash is up and running with some of the best New Zealand cricketers already showcasing their class in the first two games. While the Super Smash is on a brief break, to accommodate the Ford Trophy openers, our eye falls on one of the brightest New Zealand youngsters in the business - Finn Allen!

Finn Allen has turned quite a few heads over the last year or so with his maverick batting ability serving the likes of Birmingham Phoenix and Lancashire handsomely. The dashing opener has fallen off the radar off late after a subdued series against Bangladesh in Bangladesh. But there's more to him than just one tour.

While the Kiwi youngster has already announced his arrival this season with a cold-blooded 30-ball 57, this may just be the beginning of what could be a breakout year for Finn Allen! So without further ado, here's some much-needed insight to get you underway in the Sixer Market!

First thing's First! Who is Finn Allen?

Unless you've been hiding under a rock over the last year or so, Finn Allen is one of the brightest young talents in the New Zealand circuit. He is an explosive opener in the mould of Tom Banton, who relies on his aggressive instincts to take over in the powerplay overs.

Part of the U-19 set-up initially, Finn Allen had gone on to feature for New Zealand in the T20I format and has experience playing in the T20 Blast and the Hundred as well. He even earned an IPL contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, although he may have to wait till the next IPL to make his IPL debut.

As previously mentioned, he is a powerplay specialist and is known for his fast starts at the top of the order. However, he also has an eye for a big score, which holds him in good stead. But what is the fuss around him, you may ask.

A Bright Start To The Youngster's Career Already!

In 2021, Finn Allen has already played T20 cricket for Wellington, Lancashire and New Zealand. Not to mention, he was part of the inaugural Hundred season with runners-up Birmingham Phoenix.

The Kiwi batter has shown his class and potential across varied conditions and bowling attacks. In the Super Smash last season, Allen was one of the stars of the show as Wellington went all the way. Alongside Devon Conway, Allen scored 512 runs at a blistering strike-rate of 193.94 - absolute gold dust in this format.

But that's not all! Allen, who was picked up by the Lancashire Cricket Club, didn't disappoint in the T20 Blast as well. Covering up for Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone, both of whom were occupied with national duty, Allen forged a decent partnership with Keaton Jennings at the top of the order.

He scored 333 runs in 12 matches with an impressive strike-rate of 150. Considering that it was his first overseas assignment and the nature of the pitch at Old Trafford, often on the slower side, Allen didn't disappoint! The same can be said of his Hundred performances as he scored 165 runs at a strike-rate of 150!

With New Zealand looking to build towards the next T20 World Cup, Finn Allen is surely one to watch out for. Although Daryl Mitchell was impressive in the T20 World Cup in UAE, he doesn't promise the same explosiveness and effectiveness as young Allen. In addition, the pitches should suit the youngster, who can form a devastating partnership alongside a like-minded Martin Guptill. While it may take some time for that to happen, Finn Allen is definitely in for a career-defining season this time around! Can he sustain his cracking start to his career? Only time will tell!

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