Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has opined that Mumbai Indians’ new signing Chris Lynn will have a hard time getting a starting berth for the current champions. Australian batsman Chris Lynn had a great IPL 2019 with KKR scoring 405 runs, including four fifties. KKR still decided to release the batsman, and he was brought by Mumbai Indians at his base price of Rs 2 crores.
Chris Lynn had formed a destructive partnership with Sunil Narine at KKR since 2018. The duo thrashed the opposition in a fearless manner, giving Kolkata Knight Riders a quick big start. Lynn has a commendable strike rate of 140 in the IPL. He has been unable to make a place in the Australian national team, but his franchise cricket campaign has been strong.
Chris Lynn’s form concerning for Mumbai Indians: Sanjay Manjrekar
Manjrekar has stated that the form Chris Lynn has shown in the CPL is concerning for both MI and himself, as it will be hard for him to get a chance in the side. He is playing for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the CPL and has only managed to score 138 runs from nine matches at a low average of 17.25. However, Sanjay Manjrekar believes for a player of the talent of Lynn it only takes one big knock to regain their form.
“First thing is that just because his CPL has not gone well, it is not necessary that his IPL will also not be good. But had the CPL been good, his confidence would have been high and he would have got more opportunities,” Sanjay Manjrekar told Star Sports.
“So, Chris Lynn’s form will be a matter of concern both for him and for the Mumbai Indians. But he is the sort of player who is just one inning away from regaining form, although he has struggled a lot in the CPL,” Manjrekar added.
Ashish Nehra draws attention to Chris Lynn’s inability against spin
Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra has pointed out Lynn’s inability to play against spin bowling. The Australian tried to face the Trinbago Knight Riders slow but still was unable to get enough runs. Nehra says that with Chris Lynn’s experience he can get out of the bad phase with a better team.
“We have seen in the IPL as well that when it comes to spin bowling, he has difficulties. Although he tried in the match against TKR by playing a lot of deliveries, but still could not score a lot of runs. But I am sure when you have experience and are associated with a good team, you can come out of any bad phase. So Mumbai Indians will hope that once he comes to the IPL, he regains his form,” Nehra claimed.
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