The Kolkata Knight Riders opener Chris Lynn is eyeing a comeback to the side for the game against Kings XI Punjab to be played on May 9 in Chandigarh. Lynn, who was designated as the opener of the team, played first two games for the franchise but was ruled out for few weeks due to a shoulder injury.
He underwent scans after suffering an injury and there were reports that he might miss the whole tournament. Jacque Kallis, the Head Coach of the side the last month confirmed that Lynn was not ruled out of the tournament but will be missing the better part of the league.
After missing the league for almost a month, Lynn is eyeing a comeback to bolster the KKR side,
“The shoulder is slowly getting there. I had a cortisone injection the other day and it worked really well,” Lynn told cricket.com.au from Kolkata.
“Because I’ve had it a few times now, I sort of knew what timeframe I was looking at to get back if there wasn’t too much damage after a sca. We worked out whatever I could do back home, I can do where I am now in Kolkata. 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,” he added.
Lynn played a match winning innings of 93* and shared 184 runs for the first wicket to help the team chase down a target of 184 in just 14.5 overs in KKR’s first game against Gujarat Lions. He continued his good form and scored 32 runs in the next game against Mumbai Indians but was then ruled out due to an injury.
Sunil Narine, who opened the innings in Big Lash League, opened the innings in his absence. Narine made few occasional success as the opener but yes, he had a dominating effect. With Lynn returning to the side next week, it is confirmed that Narine will now be demoted in the batting order to the number six or seven position.
Lynn returning to side will also bolster the side ahead of the playoffs as Kolkata Knight Riders in all likelihood will be qualifying for the next round.