"It was a bit of a shock, just the initial pain was the thing that got me. It felt like it was going to explode, which was quite funny," Finch told the media in Melbourne.
“It was up there (as the most painful injury). I think snapping my hamstring tendon (in April 2015) was probably the most over the last few years."
Finch has had to deal with quite a few injuries to his right index finger. He fractured it in Sri Lanka in 2016 and was then struck twice on it by Mitchell Starc in the nets before Shami inflicted the latest blow that actually left his bone visible.
The hard-hitting opener even joked about the fact that he might have to start using his bat to fend the ball off instead of his gloves.
"I think just being hit a few times in the last month, a couple times by Starcy at training then Shami out in the game, but it's also an old break.
"I broke the same finger in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago, so I've got to start either catching them or use my bat instead of my gloves.”
However, he remains confident of being able to play the third Test in Melbourne, which will be his first Test match in front of his home crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
"Even batting in the warm-up before the second innings in Perth I still felt pretty good. Catching might be a bit of a different issue.
“At training, I always tape my finger up anyway, but this'll just be a bit of extra padding. With a Boxing Day Test and being from Victoria it's going to have to be cut off I think.
"I'm going to catch in slips at training and do my normal preparation. If anything changes in the next couple days I'm sure we'll have to sit down and chat about that, but at this stage, it's still business as usual and I plan to field at slip and whatever else is needed.
“It feels like it's improved 100% over the last couple of days."
The third Test between India and Australia begins on December 26.
First Published: December 23, 2018, 9:47 AM IST