Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik has said the franchise let go of their former opener Chris Lynn with a heavy heart. The Australian was with the Knight Riders since 2014 and had become an integral part of the team since the 2017 season before being release last year.
In the last two seasons, Chris Lynn 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.
But the Knight Riders decided to end their association with the hard-hitting batsman who was then bought by Mumbai Indians in the auction. And as Knight Riders prepare for life after Lynn, Dinesh Karthik has stressed that the decision to release the player was not an easy one.
He also revealed that Lynn was released by the franchise only to find the right dynamics and the team-combination. The wicketkeeper-batsman also stated that the team would continue to play aggressive style of cricket albeit with a smile on their face.
“I think Chris Lynn, whatever time he spent with KKR, he is an absolute gun, he has done so well for them over a period of time. But so are the dynamics of an auction you need to let go of some players to change the dynamics of the game. It was actually with a heavy heart we let Lynny go. He was someone whom I was very fond of as a personality,” Dinesh Karthik told IPL’s official website.
“We are a very aggressive team, we will stick to that style and make sure we play it with a smile on our face though,” he added.
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