I’m sure Chris Lynn will join the party soon, says KKR assistant coach Simon Katich
Katich had a valuable suggestion for Russell which helped him improve his game.
Updated - Apr 5, 2019 1:24 pm
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have got off to a terrific start in IPL 2019. In three games thus far, the side has won twice and lost a close encounter against the Delhi Capitals in the super over. Yet, there are a few things to look at for the team. Australian batsman Chris Lynn hasn’t fired as yet and also one would feel that the team is over-reliant on Andre Russell.
The Caribbean cricketer has been fabulous with his batting and has finished all the games on a great note for his team. He was the difference between in all three matches till now. However, the assistant coach Simon Katich doesn’t feel that the team is over-reliant on the Jamaican. He also backs Chris Lynn to come good soon who is struggling to put bat to ball at the moment.
He is not our only match-winner
“We trusted his (Russell) game. The only thing I spoke to him about was to stand for long in the middle overs. Because he is so powerful and the teams (opposition) are trying to shut him down back early in the innings,” Katich said while speaking to Times of India. Katich also revealed that he suggested Russell to hold his position for a bit longer and told that Russell loves to play match-winning innings.
Simon Katich doesn’t agree to the point that Russell is their only match-winner. He cited the contributions of Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik in KKR’s success thus far. He believes that Chris Lynn will also join the party soon.
“He is a star player. No doubt about it. But there are other guys who have contributed from the other end. Apart from him, (Robin) Uthappa, Nitish (Rana) and (Dinesh) Karthik are the guys who played brilliant knocks. I would appreciate the way young lad Shubhman (Gill) hit some amazing blows in the end (vs SRH).
“I would say these guys are also match-winners. I am sure Chris Lynn will be joining the party soon. We have a formidable batting order,” he added.