Lynn recalls fetching IPL contract worth Rs 9.6 with KKR

Written by N Krishnamurthy

One of the highest paid players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction, Chris Lynn bagged a contract worth Rs 9.6 crore with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Given the backing which KKR gave him in IPL 2017, Lynn was expected to be retained before the auction.

But the franchise decided against it and the owners were ready to spend a big amount on him. As it turned out to be, Lynn fetched oodles of bids in the auction and in the end, KKR made the winning bid worth Rs 9.6 crore.

Lynn was in the nets while the IPL auction was on and he was shaking after fetching the sky-rocketing amount. Speaking on Guy Walker’s YouTube channel, Lynn recalled the memorable day and said: “As I am padding up to go out and warm-up, and then it’s like bang, bang (talking about teams bidding for him).  I was like what’s going on. I remember that day clearly, I was warming up in the nets and am shaking. I was like what the hell has just happened. It was literally so hard to get it out of my mind because the press is talking about it when you are warming up.”

Lynn upped his performance in 2019 and scored 405 runs, striking at an improved strike-rate of 139.65. Despite a decent run, the franchise decided to release him.

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