Full name Christopher Austin Lynn
Born April 10, 1990, Brisbane, Queensland
Playing role Batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
A well-built, hard-hitting right-hander from Queensland, Chris Lynn is one among the foremost accomplished batsmen within the Australian domestic circuit. His ability to require on even the simplest of bowlers may be a big plus while he also has the knack of adapting to situations and to different formats.
Much like any contemporary cricketer, Lynn made his domestic debut first within the shortest format of the sport for Queensland against New South Wales. He then moved on to List A cricket before finally getting a taste of the longest format (first-class), beat an area of two months and at the tender age of 19.
Although he didn’t leave an enduring impression in his initial games, Lynn took his time to urge into his groove altogether formats and began to attain big. He scored an uncharacteristic match-saving hundred for Queensland soon after, showcasing his versatility, and thereby cementing his place in his first-class side. With a mean of over 40 within the first-class format, over 30 within the List-A format and shut to 30 within the T20 format, Lynn may be a excellent candidate for national duty, if the Australian selectors were to seem for replacements at the highest of the order.
In fact, impressed by his batting and fielding skills, the selectors presented him with the Australia cap for the house T20I series against England in January 2014. He wasted no time and bludgeoned a violent (albeit typical) 19-ball 33 on debut. His career, however, has been marred with injuries at unfortunate times, having injured his shoulder just before the Matador Cup in two consecutive seasons, thereby missing out on his opportunities to strengthen his credentials for the International side. This meant that he had to miss out on the Matador One-Day Cup also as a neighborhood of the Shield season on two consecutive occasions. However, he made the foremost of his opportunities when he was fit, essaying a typically stroke-filled career-best 250 against Victoria within the 2014/15 Sheffield Shield season on his return from injury.
His game-changing abilities have already made him a touch of T20 legend. Back range in Australia, the Brisbane Heat franchise signed him for the inaugural edition of the large Bash League in 2011 which is where he became a house-hold name. He has been the ‘man of the tournament’ within the last two seasons of the BBL. In his most up-to-date season, he was dismissed only twice and scored 309 runs at an astonishing average of 154.50 at an inconceivable strike-rate of 177.59. within the preceding season, he was the top-scorer within the BBL with 378 runs at a mean of 54, and again at an unprecedented strike-rate of 173. He also holds the record for the foremost number of sixes within the history of the large Bash League (94), and therefore the most number of runs for the Brisbane Heat (third overall within the BBL). He clearly has some astonishing numbers within the Big Bash League, but one among the defining moments of his T20 career has been the over from Australian Test bowler Ben Hilfenhaus, during which he carted 5 sixes.
Needless to mention , he continues to be the foremost dangerous player within the Brisbane Heat batting line-up and would probably make it to the highest of the opposition’s list of problems also within the near future. He was also a neighborhood of the 2018 CPL within the Caribbean, but quit the tournament mid-way, returning to Australia to figure on his batting in pursuit of his dream of playing the planet Cup in 2019. His franchise, the Knight Riders, managed to win their second consecutive trophy anyway. Yet, Lynn remains one among the vital cogs within the Knight Riders’ batting line-up.
IPL through the years
He was roped in by the Deccan Chargers for 4th and 5th seasons of the Indian Premier League for USD 20,000 before the Sunrisers Hyderabad signed him for the 6th season. After being released by the Hyderabad franchise, Lynn went into the auction pool for the 2014 edition and was roped in by the Kolkata Knight Riders for 1.3 crores. He immediately made an impact , pulling off a shocking (and potentially match-winning) catch to dismiss AB de Villiers at deep mid-wicket. The pivotal catch and a quickfire 45 won him the man-of-the-match award.
But a dodgy shoulder and other commitments ensured he missed most of the 2014 and 2016 editions and therefore the entire 2015 IPL. The 2017 season saw him carting 295 runs from 7 games at a mean of on the brink of 50 including 3 fifties. His better of 93* came against Gujarat Lions as he smashed 6 fours and eight sixes during the knock. He went on to form several major contributions with the bat for the Kolkata franchise within the same season, most notably, a record 106-run opening partnership off 36 balls with Sunil Narine.
2018 was the sole season during which he played all the games for KKR and was awarded Man of the Match twice. a rather restrained Lynn scored 491 runs from 16 games at a strike-rate of 130.24. A fit Lynn in 2019 are often a serious weapon alongside Narine at the highest of the order for KKR.