XtraTime Web Desk: Australian batsman Chris Lynn ready to be the skipper of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for this season as the captaincy spot is vacant after Gautam Gambhir returned to Delhi Daredevils at the IPL auction last month. Though, Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik are in the race to be the skipper.
Kolkata bought Lynn for 9.6 Crore in this IPL. At the Big Bash League 2017-18, though he played just five matches for Brisbane Heats, he was a solid performer scoring 148 runs with a best of 63 not out and strike-rate of 162.63.
“I’d love to, I’d jump at the opportunity,” the Lynn was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Monday. “We’ve got a really good group at Kolkata. The coaching staff, Simon Katich, Jacques Kallis, Heath Streak … I can relate them.” He added.
He played well with KKR last season; he smashed 295 runs with the strike rate of 180.98 in just seven matches.
The 27-year-old acknowledged he is still gaining experience on the leadership front but won’t shy away from the responsibility should it come his way. “There are a couple of boys that have been in the IPL for 10 years so you can’t ignore their experience, especially in their own backyard. I’m still learning the game over there but if given the nod then I’d jump at the chance,” he said.
Gautam Gambhir was the skipper when they won the two IPL titles scoring 3035 runs.