IPL 2018: Young players at KKR look upto Chris Lynn, says assistant coach Simon Katich

Kolkata Knight Riders are set to appoint their new captain for IPL 2018 on LIVE Television with Chris Lynn, Dinesh Kartik, and Robin Uthappa leading the race for KKR’s captaincy. KKR assistant coach Simon Katich believes the kind of respect Chris Lynn commands from the younger players is an ideal trail for any leader.

Despite playing only 7 games last season, Lynn continued to be an important part of KKR’s backroom staff and the flamboyant opener was always involved with the youngsters and looked after the little details about their game.

Katich said: “The thing about Chris Lynn is that he does not have a huge amount of experience as a captain but one thing he has done very well for KKR in last few years is to have a very positive impact on the younger players on our group.

“A lot of them look up to him for the way he plays, he is very much a team man, takes a lot of pressure off his teammates as he puts so much of pressure on the opposition for which he is really admired.

“He gives a lot of his time to the rest of the group even last season when he was injured, he was always around discussing the tactics and working with youngsters to help them improve their game.

Lynn has a very sharp cricketing mind and he takes cares of the team and his teammates so from that point of view, it makes Lynn as a captain worthy choice for the KKR this season.”

Lynn’s injury a cause of concern for KKR

The general feeling around the KKR camp is that Chris Lynn may not be available for the opening few matches of the new season owing to his most recent shoulder injury which he suffered in the T20 tri-series game against New Zealand.

Lynn has already been ruled out of the ongoing PSL 2018 and despite being advised against a surgery on his right shoulder, it will be a race against time for the Aussie opener to be fit for KKR’s opening round of matches at the IPL 2018.

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