Australia batsman Chris Lynn had recently dislocated his right shoulder in a T20I game against New Zealand, and due to that, he had to miss the PSL 2018, that started on Thursday. He was expected to play for the Lahore Qalandars in the tournament.
In IPL 2018, Lynn will be playing for KKR and the good news is that he won’t require a surgery on the shoulder but will have to undergo an ‘extensive rehabilitation’, before being declared fit. In an interview on a Melbourne radio station — SEN, KKR’s assistant coach Simon Katich said that Lynn needs to think how much cricket can his body take.
Talking about Lynn, Katich said, “He has to make a decision about how much cricket his body can withstand at this level. It’s not so much his batting, it’s his fielding. We’ve had numerous discussions about how he can try and protect himself in the field, obviously, diving is a big concern given his history but that’s the nature of the game.”
Simon added that Chris Lynn has always been keen to give everything on the field. He said, “When instincts take over and you feel like you’re letting your teammates down, he’s the sort of guy that doesn’t want to see one of his bowlers miss out and cost them a few runs. But ultimately it’s costing him in the long run. He’s going to have to have a think about that and we’ll be there to support him.”
The former Aussie southpaw also said that Lynn’s decision to play in the Big Bash League led to a side-strain. “He just wants to be out there and not just sit there watching. He did the right things to try and get out onto the park, but unfortunately, he pushed himself physically and did his calf, which set him back a bit.”
Katich concluded by hoping that Chris will play for KKR in IPL 2018, he said, “But there’s still six weeks before the IPL starts so hopefully … he can do the rehab and get back on the park, even if it is a couple of weeks late. We knew before the auction, we did a lot of planning on the players available and we knew he was going to be in hot demand. We know he’s got an injury history, but we saw last year how good he can make his teammates look in a competition like the IPL.”