Kolkata Knight Riders opener Chris Lynn, who scored the 19-ball fifty in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, all set to make his return to the last phase of the tournament. He has targeted the May 9 match against Kings XI Punjab or May 13 match against Mumbai Indians (MI).
His return to the squad will boost KKR’s bid to qualify for the playoff and eventually the wish to win their third trophy.
Lynn has joined the KKR training camp Tuesday in Kolkata, for the first time since dislocating his shoulder while fielding against Mumbai Indians last month, in his second match in IPL.
“The shoulder is slowly getting there,” Lynn told cricket.com.au. “I had a cortisone injection the other day and it worked really well. I’d like to ideally play a game or two before the finals. It would be a bit unfair on the team-mates to rock up into a final not having played a game (since the injury).”
Lynn injured shoulder forced him to return in Australia and resumed the recovery. His speedy recovery will help KKR to fill the void of an opener. Currently, KKR’s lower order batsman Sunil Narine is opening the innings after Lynn left for recovery.
The Australian batsman was hapless with his shoulder injury as it was the third time he suffered a shoulder injury. His intent to make speedy recovery helped him to get well soon.
“We worked out whatever I could do back home, I can do where I am now in Kolkata,” Lynn said. “It only makes sense I’m here trying to get fit to play some cricket before heading over to England. There would be nothing worse than going in under-prepared to a world tournament.
“I’m going to have my first bat and I’m feeling really confident it about it. The shoulder has come up really well. It’s positive signs but I’ve still got a long way to go.”
He admitted that the multiple shoulder injuries meant he would have to be more careful on the field.
“I can’t keep affording to have this time off when I’m hitting the ball so well, it’s so frustrating,” Lynn said. “I think I might just have to be one of those fielders you hide in the field. But as soon as I start costing the team runs in the field, that’s when I’ve got to have a hard look at it. I think I can still contribute a fair amount with the bat and still be good enough in the ring in the field.”
Lynn had made an impressive start to the IPL, hitting an unbeaten 93 off 41 balls against Gujarat Lions and a brisk 32 against Mumbai. Following his injury, KKR used Sunil Narine as an opening batsman.