Revealing the reason behind his decision to undergo a surgery for the troubled Shoulder, Australia batsman Chris Lynn has said that another shoulder injury could end his career. The 27-year old has a long history of shoulder problems and that continued in this year’s Indian Premier League too when he dislocated his left shoulder while making a diving attempt for a catch against Mumbai Indians in the second game of the tournament for Kolkata Knight Riders.
“Longevity was why I took that option to have the operation. It’s a short-term loss for a long-term gain,” Lynn told Courier Mail. “They [career ending] are words you don’t want to hear but they are down that path. I’ve got to be more cautious and have more smarts about how I go about things.”
The injury in the IPL was the third occurrence of his shoulder injury in less than two years. Prior to the injury in the IPL, which forced him to miss the major part of the tournament, the Queenslander had missed the first half of the 2016-17 season after dislocating the same shoulder in Sri Lanka last year. He had also undergone a surgery on the same shoulder in 2014.
He is currently under rehabilitation and looks set to miss a major part of the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League.
“It has been frustrating but it was the right decision to get it done,” Lynn said. “I want to play through tournaments and hopefully make a mark and be fully fit for 12 months. I want to put the shoulder injury to bed. I want to go back to enjoying my cricket and being pain-free. I have to change my dynamic slightly but I won’t be changing the way I bat.
“I need to be more cautious in the field. Running around on the boundary is not an option. I might have to stop a few with the boot. I am zero or 100 but there are times I have to reel it back and get another 10 years out of my career. We’ll see how smart I am in the next 12 months,” he added.
The Brisbane Heat star had an impressive outing in the last edition of the Big Bash, scoring 309 runs in only 5 matches with the help of a staggering 26 sixes.
“I’d love to get back [for the BBL] and walk out in front of the Gabba again,” Lynn said. “It’s something I get really excited and nervous about as well. My fingers are crossed for the Big Bash.”