Home > Features >

Chris Lynn’s promising start in IPL 2014 lifts Kolkata Knight Riders’ momentum

Chris Lynn © IANS
This was Chris Lynn’s second match in the IPL. He played for Deccan Chargers in 2012  © IANS

Chris Lynn lifted the sagging spirits of Kolkata Knight Riders with a truly heroic effort in Indian Premier League 2014 game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Bharath Ramaraj has a sneak peek into his career and his awe-inspiring catch against KKR.

Ever since Chris Lynn with a cool, calm and collected head on his young shoulders aggregated a superlative innings of 139 for Queensland against Western Australia (WA) in 2010, he was earmarked for success. It is never easy to stand toe-to-toe against the likes of Nathan-Coulter Nile, Ben Edmendson and Steve Magoffin at just 19 and essay a breathtaking hundred.

So, for those few cricket enthusiasts who have followed his steady progress, it wouldn’t have come out as a surprise that he was able to engineer Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) triumph over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2014. It wasn’t just about him walloping wily spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan to all parks of the ground, but that tigersh-like fielding helped KKR to script a nail-biting victory over their formidable foes.

Lynn is one of those modern day players who believes in playing across the line and mostly through the mid-wicket region. The days of batsmen dancing down the wicket like a ballet dancer and playing straight down the ground seems to be a thing of the past. In the game against RCB, he did exactly that. He was waiting for Muralitharan to come into the attack. As soon as he came into the attack, he slog swept him to launch him over the mid-wicket region for a six. He then clambered Muralitharan for another six over deep fine-leg. It has to be said that Murali looked well past his best yet, it was great to see the incontrovertible confidence the youngster showed to flag down a bowler who has taken thousands of wickets in his illustrious career.

Lynn followed it up with one of the best catches you could ever see on the boundary line. For any boundary rider, it is one helluva of an effort to judge a catch. AB de Villiers, South Africa’s batsman lined up R Vinay Kumar to slog it across the line over the mid-wicket region. For a second, he must have believed that his splendored shot would end up in the stands. However, Lynn kept his eye on the ball even though, he slipped and somehow took the catch sitting down. The stunned look on De Villiers’ face said it all. The big wicket of De Villiers turned the game on its head, and KKR won the game by a mere two runs.

It has to be remembered that Lynn is just 22 and has a long way to go to leave his mark in the world of cricket. Yet in his brief career, he has showcased heavy dollops of talent and skill which gives an indication that he can be a fine cricketer in the years to come. Above all, he seems to have the temperament to succeed.

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

 

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

 

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

(Bharath Ramaraj, an MBA in marketing, eats, drinks and sleeps cricket. He has played at school and college-level, and now channelises his passion for the game by writing about it)

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Centurion

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014 (16:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 14, 2014  at Sharjah

Pakistan won by 147 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 13, 2014  at Pallekele

Sri Lanka won by 90 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 12, 2014  at Sharjah

New Zealand won by 4 wkts

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Josh Hazlewood looks back at his 5-wicket haul

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Key clashes

Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 3 at Centurion: Kyle Abbott gets Leon Johnson early into second session

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: India reach 71/1 at stumps

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi Preview: Teams prepare for high-octane finale

Anil Kumble Australia India Ishant Sharma Moments in history Ravichandran Ashwin Ricky Ponting South Africa

Dean Brownlie, Kane Williamson bring up 50-run 2nd-wicket stand

New Zealand 51/1 after 13 overs vs Pakistan

India vs Australia 2014-15: Umesh Yadav admits visitors bowled too short

New Zealand lose Martin Guptill off the bowling of Mohammad Irfan

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Kiwis win toss and elect to bat

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: India’s pathetic bowling performance, Mitchell Johnson’s onslaught and other highlights

India’s inability to dismiss Australia’s tail can have huge impact

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: New Zealand likely XI

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Pakistan likely XI

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Key clashes

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

653 Posts | 10 Fans

India vs Australia: Murali Vijay's 144, Video highlights

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here