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Indian Premier League: Chris Lynn ready for Kolkata Knight Riders’ captaincy job

Chris Lynn is among the candidates that Kolkata Knight Riders are considering for their captaincy role ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

cricket Updated: Feb 19, 2018 12:37 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Indian Premier League,Chris Lynn,Kolkata Knight Riders
Chris Lynn is one of the frontrunners to lead Kolkata Knight Riders in the upcoming Indian Premier League season.(AFP)

Australia’s explosive batsman Chris Lynn says he is ready to take up captaincy role in the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), with the post left vacant following the exit of Gautam Gambhir.

Lynn, who was retained by KKR for Rs 9.6 crore in the IPL 2018 auction held in Bengaluru last month, had a successful stint with the franchise in the previous edition. Despite suffering from a shoulder injury during the tournament, Lynn smacked 295 runs at 49.16 with three fifties in seven matches.

Ahead of this year’s IPL, KKR have gone through a makeover, with their two-time title-winning captain Gambhir exiting the franchise, resulting in the leadership position opening up.

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KKR coach Jacques Kallis recently told PTI that Lynn is among the choices for captaincy, to which the Australian cricketer says he is ready. “I’d love to, I’d jump at the opportunity,” Lynn was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“We’ve got a really good group at Kolkata. The coaching staff, Simon Katich, Jacques Kallis, Heath Streak … I can relate (easily to) them. But there’s a couple of boys that have been in the IPL for 10 years so you can’t ignore their experience, especially in their own backyard,” he added.

“I’m still learning the game over there but if given the nod then I’d jump at the chance,” Lynn expressed.

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Recalling the IPL 2018 auction in which he emerged as the costliest Australian cricketer, Lynn said, “I was actually padding up before the last Big Bash game and ‘Hopesy’ (Heat assistant coach James Hopes) had his phone out. Brendon McCullum came out … You sort of pause for five minutes. The heart rate went up a few beats but it’s pretty cool seeing that.

“I’ve got to put the runs on the board because there is that added pressure now with that price that comes with it,” he added.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 11:53 IST