Australian hard-hitting batsman Chris Lynn got shockingly released by Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of IPL 2020 auction. Chris Lynn scored an impressive 405 runs in 2019 IPL, including four fifties. However, he found a bidder in the defending champions Mumbai Indians, who bought him at a base price of INR 2 crores. Nevertheless, Sanjay Manjrekar has a grim prediction about the opener.
Chris Lynn formed one of the most destructive opening combinations with Sunil Narine when playing for Kolkata. The pair began thwarted bowling attacks for fun and from the get-go. In 2018 and 2019 combined, the right-handed batsman scored 896 runs with seven half-centuries. While Lynn has not fared well in international cricket, he is a giant when it comes to franchise cricket. Lynn’s IPL strike rate stands at a mammoth 140.
Sanjay Manjrekar enlisted his form in the ongoing CPL 2020, which has not panned out well so far. Hence, he feels that if the Australian batsman fared well in that tournament, his confidence would have been high and got more opportunities. So far, the Queensland batsman has only 138 runs from nine matches at 17.25 while playing for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
“First thing is that just because his CPL has not gone well, it is not necessary that his IPL will also not be good. But had the CPL been good, his confidence would have been high and he would have got more opportunities,” Sanjay Manjrekar told Star Sports.
The former Indian cricketer highlighted that Lynn’s form would be a matter of concern for both himself and Mumbai Indians. At the same time, Sanjay believes that the 30-year old is only one knock away from regaining his touch.
“So, Chris Lynn’s form will be a matter of concern both for him and for the Mumbai Indians. But he is the sort of player who is just one inning away from regaining form, although he has struggled a lot in the CPL,” Manjrekar added.
Ashish Nehra highlights Chris Lynn’s challengers against spin:
Former Indian seamer Ashish Nehra went on to say that Lynn does face difficulties while playing spinners. He tried surviving against the Trinbago Knight Riders by hanging in there; however, could not make a difference. However, Nehra backed Chris Lynn to regain his form being in a good IPL team and Mumbai will hope for the same.
“We have seen in the IPL as well that when it comes to spin bowling, he has difficulties. Although he tried in the match against TKR by playing a lot of deliveries, but still could not score a lot of runs. But I am sure when you have experience and are associated with a good team, you can come out of any bad phase. So Mumbai Indians will hope that once he comes to the IPL, he regains his form,” Nehra claimed.