Chris Lynn is gearing up for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. The Aussie power-hitter has said that he is up for leader's role for his team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). KKR had released their two time IPL winning captain Gautam Gambhir for IPL 2018 and he will play for Delhi Daredevils in the next IPL edition.
Lynn was among the two cricketers KKR brought back in the auction by spending Rs 9.6 crore from their purse. The opener had shown his capability with the bat in last season. He had smashed the bowlers all around the ground with an average of 49.16.
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.
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.