IPL 2018: KKR hoping to get services of Russell, Lynn for season opener against RCB

KKR play RCB in their season opener on April 8.

Russell is recovering from a hamstring injury. (AFP)

KKR CEO Venky Mysore in a recent media interaction has said that  Andre Russell and Chris Lynn two mainstays of the team this season is expected to play in their season opener against RCB on April 8. 

Chris Lynn who has had a troublesome shoulder for some time now aggravated the injury in the Trans -Tasman T20I tri-series earlier this year. Russell, on the other hand, pulled his hamstring in the PSL  after which he was ruled out for the tournament. 

Lynn injured his shoulder during  his stay with KKR last season. (Scroll.in)

"We are expecting Lynn and Russell to play on April 8. They will join the camp," Mysore said on the sidelines of Sourav Ganguly's Kolkata leg book launch of 'A Century Is Not Enough'.

Mysore further gave an update on Mitchell Starc's fitness as the Australian speedster has a sore calf.

"I think Starc's report was not necessarily very accurate. He is absolutely fine. It's a bit unfortunate with the injuries. All the reports we are getting, they are making very good progress. Fingers crossed."

The KKR  CEO also spoke about Sunil Narine who was recently reported against an illegal bowling action. "That was a strange one. But he is fine. He has played international cricket, he has played two-three series and there is absolutely no issue. He has put it behind him already" said Venky Mysore. 

Mysore also kept a word on  Dinesh Karthik, KKR's skipper for the season after his match-winning knock in the Nidahas tri-Series final. 

Karthik walked in with India needing 34 off 12 and Bangladesh were on top. But Karthik needed only eight deliveries to dash their hopes as he sealed a four-wicket win with a last-ball six.

"In eight balls, he has made us look like geniuses. But we were convinced even before that, that he is absolutely the right choice for us because he brings in a lot of freshness, a lot of experience. He is a class player. With a wicketkeeper, batsman and captain you get three in one there," said Mysore.

"His calmness struck me. I have spent a lot of time with him recently, and when he came in to bat he seemed like he was confident he was going to win it. It bodes well for us also. I was very happy when DK what he did to win the game for India."

Asked to compare Karthik with MS Dhoni, Mysore concluded saying "he is a very different type of player. I always admire the fact that DK has the flexibility to play under any situation. MS has been a legend, a power hitter, he hits those helicopter shots.


By Anshuman Roy - 22 Mar, 2018

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