IPL 2019: KKR’s Chris Lynn prefers big hitting when batting with Sunil Narine

Lynn and Narine has been tormenting the opposition bowling ever since they started opening the batting for the Knights.

Chris Lynn
Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn of Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

It’s another Indian Premier League (IPL) here and a lot of explosive batsmen are keen to make the season count, all the more because the World Cup follows next and an extraordinary show in the IPL could open many of their doors for the mega tournament. Australian opener Chris Lynn, too, is eagerly waiting to get into the job right from the word go and he believes that he is in better shape than any time before for the season starting Saturday.

The 28-year-old Queensland batsman has had a stint with a shoulder injury for the last one year even though he played for Brisbane Heat in the 2018-19 Big Bash League back home. Lynn is now preparing to play for his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who will play their first game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

Lynn, who has been playing for KKR since 2014, could play in just seven matches in 2017 after dislocating his shoulder but did well last year when he scored 491 runs from 16 games at an average of 32.73 and strike rate of over 130. He has recovered from his shoulder injury on time ahead of IPL 2019.

“Have been hitting the ball fairly clean, hopefully, I can drag that momentum into game one against Sunrisers Hyderabad. I had come into last year’s IPL with a little bit of injury, but I am feeling much better this year,” CricketNext quoted Lynn as saying.

Besides his own form, Lynn is also banking on his opening partnership with spinner Sunil Narine which has clicked for the Knights on many occasions. Lynn prefers the idea of a brisk start and admitted that he favours the big shots, especially when batting with Narine.

Lynn and Narine prefer to deal in boundaries

“Sunil doesn’t talk that much, so we keep things simple. We prefer to deal in boundaries and not so much in singles. I worked on that, particularly against spin,” he said.

Lynn said he adjusted his game to suit the structure of the Knights. He opened with former captain Gautam Gambhir and then with the Caribbean, who has been opening the batting for the last two seasons.

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