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Gujarat Lions’ Aaron Finch wishes Kolkata Knight Riders’ Chris Lynn was playing

Chris Lynn, Kolkata Knight Riders batsman, will miss rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 due to injury. His team will face Aaron Finch’s Gujarat Lions on Friday.

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 21, 2017 12:06 IST
Dhiman Sarkar
Dhiman Sarkar
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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Kolkata Knight Riders’ Chris Lynn started Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 on a fiery note but is down with an injury. (AFP)

In the way Gujarat Lions’ Aaron Finch wished Chris Lynn was present and playing at Eden Gardens on Friday and in Indian Premier League (IPL) 10 was reminiscent of how Alejandro Sabella sought Neymar’s presence in the 2014 World Cup after the Brazilian superstar got injured.

Speaking to a throng of reporters at the stadium named after Garrincha in Brasilia, Sabella went against what many of his countrymen were then thinking, some of whom were mocking Neymar by waving a plastic spinal cord near a television tower in Brasilia.

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Sabella’s media conferences in that World Cup were a lesson in sangfroid but that was one occasion when the Argentina coach raised his voice. “Let me tell you I was a pretty skilful No.10 myself and like anybody connected with football, I am sad at seeing a top notch player missing the World Cup due to injury. I understand his bitterness and the frustration he must have felt. I would like to give him a hug to let him know how I feel,” he had said.

Speaking to select reporters here on Thursday, Finch said: “Yes, it is obviously disappointing for Chris and for the competition because I think the way he started the tournament was unbelievable. His innings against us was just brute power and superb hitting. I think anytime he is unavailable is disappointing and a shame for the paying public.”

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Aaron Finch said it was a good decision to include the Kolkata Knight Riders’ opener in Australia’s Champions Trophy squad. “His ability to hit particularly down the order or anywhere is as good as anyone in the world. It’s good for Chris to be in the squad.”

Chris Lynn made a 41-ball 93 with eight sixes and six fours against Gujarat Lions helping the Kolkata Knight Riders get to the target of 184 in 14.5 overs. In the next match, against Mumbai Indians, Lynn scored 32 in 24 balls, hitting three fours and a six but injured his shoulder while going for a difficult catch.

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 19:51 IST