Australia has not won a single ICC World T20 title, though it is not short of talented players in the format. Following the exploits of players such as David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Cameron White, one batsman, who has made a tremendous impact of late, is undoubtedly the swashbuckling opener Chris Lynn.
Lynn has been a natural and powerful T20I opening batsman, ever since he started playing in the format. He has made an impact even in the longer formats of the game, while playing for Queensland. However, his journey to stardom began when he saved Queensland from the jaws of defeat with a terrific innings of 139 against Western Australia, in 2010.
The following year, he was roped in by Brisbane Heat in the inaugural edition of the Big Bash League (BBL), where he displayed his class of being an explosive T20 player. Since then, he has been an integral part of the side, helping it to its maiden title in 2012-13.
Despite being a sound T20 player, Lynn is also injury prone, which has affected his career on many occasions.
A timeline of his injury-plagued career:
2011 — A tweaked hamstring ruined his 2011-12 season entirely. Prior to it, he had suffered a finger injury, in May, ruling him out of Australia A's tour of Zimbabwe.
2012 — A year later, during the 2012-13 season of the Ryobi Cup, he suffered a painful ruptured testicle, in November. Although a surgery helped him recover fully by February 2013, he missed the entire 2012-13 season of the Sheffield Shield.
2014 — Having passed a year without injury and just when it seemed that Lynn's career was finally getting back on track, he suffered yet another blow when he injured his left shoulder, in July. Despite undergoing a surgery in the same month, he was ruled out of the Ryobi Cup. He also missed the initial phase of the Sheffield Shield. To add to his woes, he had to miss the chance of serving KKR during the Champions League T20 in September.
2015 — This was undoubtedly the worst phase for him, as he was out of a number of tournaments owing to injury. It all started with a hamstring in the IPL, effectively ruling him out for the entire season. In September, he suffered another injury, and his first case of a dislocated left shoulder, which ruled him out of the Matador Cup. However, he managed to return to BBL in December.
2016 — Despite some improvement, his left shoulder still continued to trouble him, and he was ruled out of the T20I series in Sri Lanka in September. However, he managed to return during the Australian domestic season, and also played his part for Brisbane Heat in the BBL.
2017 — Lynn once again hurt the same left shoulder while fielding in the IPL. Despite being ruled out for a few matches, he was able to make a comeback at a later stage in the tournament and continued his explosive batting streak. Nevertheless, he missed the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), as he underwent another surgery on the shoulder. Prior to the IPL, he was ruled out of the T20I series against Sri Lanka, due to a neck injury.
2018 — The latest addition to his injury list is yet another dislocated shoulder, this time his right. It happened during the T20I final against New Zealand in Auckland in February. Although a surgery is not required, it is still unclear whether he would be able to play in the IPL. If he is ruled out, once again it would be KKR at the receiving end, having retained him in the auction for a whopping Rs. 9,60,00,000.
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