Mumbai Indians’ new recruit Chris Lynn has finally opened up on how he feels about not getting the chance to open for the side in the upcoming season of the IPL. It won’t be wrong to say that the hard-hitting Australian batsman is an automatic entry in almost any T20 team in the world.
However, he will have to patiently wait for his chance at the Mumbai Indians camp. Recently, the franchise’s head coach Mahela Jayawardene confirmed that captain Rohit Sharma and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock will open the innings for the team in the upcoming season.
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That means Chris Lynn is likely to warm the bench at least in the initial phase of the competition. Well, the right-handed batsman has reacted to the same and has made it clear that he totally accepts the decision.
In a video posted by the franchise on their YouTube channel, he lavished praise on Rohit and de Kock and stated that it would be awesome if he manages to get a chance to bat. He also stated that eventually everything will depend on coach Jayawardene while also saying that he would be happy to bat anywhere.
“Rohit! What a world-class player. Runs on the board…. On and off the field, what he’s contributed to Mumbai is something really, really special.”
“And Quinny has been outstanding. With the gloves and the bat in hand. So if I can whizz in my way in there, somewhere and hopefully do a job then that’s awesome,” Chris Lynn said.
“But at the end of the day, you’re happy to bat [at] top-order, middle-order, wherever it may be, wherever Mahela sees fit.
“I’ve got some really good memories from the T10 tournament last year here in Abu Dhabi. So hopefully just reconnect with what worked for me there and hopefully put some performances on the board but first and foremost it starts with you know gelling with the team,” added Chris Lynn who played a whirlwind knock of 91 in the Abu Dhabi T10 last year.
Before coming to Mumbai, Chris Lynn had plied his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders. In the last two seasons, he was one of the batting mainstays for the two-time IPL winners.
In 2018, he scored 491 runs with the help of 3 fifties at a strike-rate of more than 130, helping the Knight Riders make it to the playoffs. In 2019, he was one of Knight Riders’ most consistent batsmen, scoring 405 runs in 13 games with the help of 4 fifties. He scored at a decent average of more than 31 and scored his runs at a strike-rate of nearly 140.