IPL 2019: Six-hitter Lynn fitter and stronger

KKR opener Chris Lynn talks recovery, batting with Sunil Narine and how to cope with spinners in India.

Chris Lynn is confident of doing well in the upcoming IPL season. (File Photo)   -  K.R. Deepak

Explosive Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener Chris Lynn carries a history of shoulder injuries. But the rehab over the last 12 months has turned him into a fitter batsman. Ahead of IPL 2019, he declared that his body is in a much better shape than last season.

“Hitting the ball fairly clean, hopefully I can drag that momentum into game one against Sunrisers Hyderabad. I had come into last year’s IPL with a little bit of injury, but I am feeling much better this year.

“I had a bit of rehab on my shoulder, then we went to the Caribbean Premier League with Trinbago Knight Riders. Probably I didn’t have the greatest tournament but we won the competition which is the main thing. I also played a bit for Australia which was a great experience,” he told the official website of the franchise.

Narine, the opening partner

Lynn admitted that he likes dealing in boundaries when batting with Sunil Narine. “I adapted my game to suit the structure of the Kolkata team. I have been opening with Gautam Gambhir the last couple of years, that changed to Sunil.

“Sunil doesn’t talk that much, so we keep things simple.  We prefer to deal in boundaries and not so much in singles. I worked on that, particularly against spin,” he said.

Sweep against spin

Lynn also left an advice for batters who are vulnerable against spinners. He feels the sweep shot can unsettle any tweaker.

“You have to learn to play the sweep shot in India against magicians like Narine, Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav. These guys aren’t the easiest to pick. If you play sweep shots, then it changes their variations a little bit. You can also change the field around," he said.