Australian explosive batter Chris Lynn is among players being considered to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
On 4 January 2018, Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise KKR stunned everyone with its decision not to retain skipper Gautam Gambhir. Since KKR did not use the RTM to retain Gambhir, the player went to Delhi Daredevils, which was a homecoming for him.
Ever since Gambhir’s departure, there is curiosity among the fans of KKR over the next skipper as most of the players in the team are young and uncapped.
After learning that he (Chris Lynn) is among probables to lead KKR, Lynn was very pleased and excited. In the much-talked-about Indian Premier League players’ auction on 27 and 28th Jan in Bangalore, KKR broke the bank to bought his services for a jaw-dropping Rs 9.6 crore.
With Rs. 9.6 crore, Chris Lynn had become the costliest Australian at the auction. The head coach of KKR Jacques Kallis recently told Press Trust of India that Lynn is one of their top picks for the captaincy task.
Responding to the opportunity Lynn was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Monday that, “I’d love to, I’d jump at the opportunity.”
“We’ve got a really good group at Kolkata. The coaching staff, Simon Katich, Jacques Kallis, Heath Streak … I can relate [easily to] them.”
Recently, in an interview to Sportstar, Robin Uthappa had said that it will be an honour for him to lead the team if the offer comes his way.
“Of course, I am. I’ll be honoured if the opportunity came along but it’s for the think-tank to decide — whatever role they want me to take, I’ll give my 110 percent. Adding value to my team as a cricketer is crucial to my game,” the wicket-keeper batsman said.
On the other hand, KKR had bought Uthappa in 2014, before that he had played for Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors and Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers.
“The initial five or six years of the IPL, I moved around a lot, so for me to find one place I could call home was important. The people back in Kolkata are absolutely fantastic, they’ve treated me with so much love and care. Even the team management has stood by me right from the time I joined them,” Robin Uthappa added.
Responding to a question about KKR’s decision to invest in uncapped players, Uthappa said that everyone will have to understand the value of domestic and uncapped players and “they will make a mark in the tournament”.
“I think it’s great foresight. A lot of the domestic Indian batters must be gung-ho about playing in the first team and that’s a great position to be in,” Uthappa added.