Lynn: Not 100 percent fit but batting remains unaffected

KKR's opening batsman Chris Lynn was dropped for Australia’s upcoming limited-overs tours of the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

Chris Lynn has scored 277 runs in 10 innings in the ongoing Indian Premier League.   -  AFP

Ignored for Australia’s upcoming limited-overs tours, six-hitting sensation Chris Lynn on Tuesday said he may not be 100 percent fit on the field, but he is batting with “freedom” and fulfilling expectations.

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Troubled by a dodgy shoulder, the 28-year-old was deemed unfit and was dropped for Australia’s upcoming limited-overs tours of the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

But the Kolkata Knight Riders opener has had a successful return from injury in the Indian Premier League, scoring 277 runs at 30.77 with a strike rate of 133.81.

“I was probably a little bit nervous and apprehensive early on but of late I can bat with freedom. I’ve showed that in the last couple of innings in small glimpses.

“I am certainly not 100 per cent. For me batting is not an issue at all, that’s first and foremost priority. On the field, I am not fielding at the positions that I want to field in,” Lynn said on the eve of KKR's match against Mumbai Indians.

The most expensive Australian in the IPL, Lynn has played in all 10 of KKR matches but is limited in his ability to throw with his dominant left arm while he’s also been instructed not to dive, given that he has injured both shoulders while diving in recent years.

“I’m a little bit restricted there. But at the end of the day, if I score more runs then I’m doing my job. Batting is priority. I think a big score is just round the corner.”

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MI has won 17 of the 21 matches it has played against KKR across 11 seasons -- the most wins for an IPL team against any opponent.

In the first-leg two days ago, MI stretched its winning streak to seven matches, as KKR’s last win against them had come in 2015.

Lynn said both teams tend to step up as they have built a healthy rivalry over the years.

“They got the better of us in Mumbai and we would definitely be looking to get one back. If we take our foot off the throat, we can find ourselves very quickly out of the competition. We want to make sure we are out there in the finals, making a run for the Cup.”