Abu Dhabi: Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh said Monday that Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) decision to release Australian opening batsman Chris Lynn was a ‘bad call’ and joked that he might drop the Indian Premier League (IPL) team’s co-owner Shah Rukh Khan a message on that.
This statement from Yuvraj Singh came after Lynn smashed 91 off 30 balls playing for the Maratha Arabians in the Abu Dhabi T10 league. In the process he shattered the record for the highest individual score in T10 cricket previously held by England’s Alex Hales (87 off 32 balls).
“Chris (Lynn) was outstanding today, unbelievable hits,” Yuvraj, who also plays for the Maratha Arabians, told reporters after the game.
“He is someone I have seen in the IPL. He has given some great starts to KKR. I really don’t understand why they have not retained him. I think it is a bad call, must send SRK (Shah Rukh) a message on that. Chris was just outstanding today,” added Yuvraj.
Yuvraj also said that he is happy playing leagues outside India and has not yet decided whether he wants to get into coaching IPL teams.
“There are a lot of leagues coming up in the next two to three years, so I am looking forward to playing a few of them. It’s good for me that I play for about two or three months, instead of playing the whole year. I am enjoying that for the next few years and then hopefully can get into coaching after practicing that side by side,” informed Yuvraj who was the man of the tournament in the 2011 World Cup.
The 37-year-old, who announced his retirement from international cricket before the 2019 World Cup, said that he trains hard to remain fit.
“I had a back spasm today (Monday) so I can’t really fight my body too much. I think mentally I am still young, but the body says take it easy, so hopefully I’ll be fit for the next game,” informed Yuvraj.
Meanwhile Chris Lynn was in tremendous form with the bat as he smashed nine fours and seven sixes to help his team win comfortably.
Lynn has played 41 IPL matches for KKR in which he has scored 1280 runs at a strike rate above 140. The Australian batter will now be available for the auction for IPL 2020 scheduled to be held December 20 in Kolkata.