Injured KKR star Chris Lynn hopes of returning in IPL 2018, despite PSL skip

Australia cricketer Chris Lynn, who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) auctions, suffered an unprecedented injury in the final of the Trans-Tasman T20 Tri-series final between Australia and New Zealand on Wednesday (21 February). During the 9th over of the Kiwi innings, Lynn dislocated his right shoulder while diving to field, and was taken off-ground by the physios and medical staff.

Australia defeats New Zealand, Chris Lynn picks up an injury

Australia gave a flawless finish to the T20 Tri-series final at the Eden Park in Auckland, beating the Kiwis by 19 runs going by the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-disrupted match. However, during the 9th over of New Zealand innings’, Chris Lynn dived to stop the ball on mid-wicket, and dislocated his right shoulder as he landed awkwardly on the ground.

Chris Lynn set to miss the Pakistan Super League

Chris Lynn was also set to feature in the third season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2018) as he was drafted in the Quetta Gladiators. However, the 27-year-old power-hitter won’t be able to now leave for Pakistan, given the freshly picked shoulder injury.

The physiotherapist who tended to Chris Lynn’s injury during the Trans-Tasman Tri-series final against New Zealand, Alex Kountouris, later confirmed that there was no bone injury, but the Australia cricketer would probably miss the PSL 2018. He said,

“Chris dislocated his right shoulder after landing awkwardly on it when fielding the ball. His shoulder was able to be put back into place at the ground and he was consequently sent for X-Rays which revealed no major bone injury.”

“At this stage Chris will not travel to the Pakistan Super League in Dubai. He will return to Brisbane to undergo further scans and assessment and from there we will have a better understanding of the ongoing management, along with the return to play timeframes.”

Hoping to make it to Indian Premier League (IPL 2018)

As reported by Cricket Australia, Chris Lynn said that while he could miss the Pakistan Super League’s third season (PSL 2018), he was optimistic about playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018), which is set to start on April 7. Lynn told the media after the T20 final against New Zealand,

“I’m disappointed to not go to the Pakistan Super League as planned (this week), but I’ll now focus on rehabilitation and working as hard as I can, with the hope to still take part in the Indian Premier League later this year.”