Ever since the BCCI announced the 2018 mega IPL auction, Australian dasher Chris Lynn was always expected to be up on the wishlist of every franchise given his explosive abilities with the bat at the top of the order. Despite a troublesome left shoulder that has given him grief throughout the course of his career, Lynn was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping Rs. 9.6 crores, making him one the most costliest buys at the ongoing auction in Bangalore.
After it was made clear that Lynn was going back to his old franchise for the upcoming IPL season, the Aussie master blaster said that he was looking to put his injury troubles behind him and launching into his next three months of cricket with Australia and in the Indian Premier League.
On the day of the auction (January 27), Lynn had a game scheduled for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League and made a characteristically quick-fire 21 as the Heat crashed out of KFC BBL finals contention against Melbourne Renegades at the Gabba. It was also the match where Lynn made his much-awaited comeback in the BBL for the Brendon McCullum-led side. He will soon be joining with his Australian counterparts for their T20 tri-series involving England and New Zealand.
Coming back to Lynn’s fat IPL paycheck, Rs. 9.6 crore is a serious amount of money for a man who has struggled with injuries throughout the course of his career and just has a dozen IPL matches to his name and a mere 10 BBL games in the last two years. But Chris Lynn’s price-tag is also testament to the fact that he is arguably the planet’s most devastating six-hitter at present.
“It’s not all about the money but it is life-changing,” Chris Lynn said following his final BBL appearance for the season. “I want to go over there and play the best cricket I can, and try and dominate over in India.”
“I had a pretty good season last year but I want to try and dominate all around the world. The last probably two years I really made immense learning under (KKR head coach) Jacques Kallis and (Kumar) Sangakkara and those world-class players. And I found my game has improved (against) spin massively.”
“The ball doesn’t bounce as much over there so the fast bowlers are a little bit easier, but it’s (helpful) working on (playing) spin and rotating the strike and I’ve found the last two years have been very productive and very successful,” he concluded.