- Mumbai Indians (MI) opening bat Chris Lynn has revealed that his heart rate went through the roof after he was involved in a mix-up that resulted in the run-out of his captain Rohit Sharma in the IPL 2021 opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Lynn added that AB de Villiers, who was keeping wickets for RCB at the time, had a hearty laugh at his expense.
- With Quinton de Kock in quarantine, Chris Lynn opened the innings after RCB sent MI into bat and scored a crucial knock of 49 off 35 balls. However, his joy was short-lived as he ran out his opening partner for 19, with the team score at 24.
- Opening up about the incident on The Grade Cricketer podcast, Lynn jokingly remarked that he was grateful to be alive after the incident.
"I'm very grateful that I'm still alive, to be honest. I said in the post-game speech, 'Thank you guys for my debut for Mumbai, I appreciate it. It was my first and last game for Mumbai, good luck for the rest of the tournament'. Anything from there is a bonus." Lynn laughed off about the incident.
Lynn, who has played alongside AB de Villiers in the Big Bash League (BBL) with Brisbane Heat, divulged that the South African saw the funny side of the incident and was laughing at the Australian's predicament.
"I was pretty nervous making my debut for Mumbai. I'm grateful I got 49, iI think i was none of about eight balls, then I burnt the skipper off. You should have felt my heartrate. I looked at AB, who was wicketkeeping behind, and he was like... *laughing*. But I managed to get a couple of boundaries away. That's just the nature of the game. It won't be the last time someone i run someone out."
Chris Lynn added that Rohit Sharma is experienced enough to know that run-outs are part and parcel of the game. The Australian admitted it wasn't pleasant to check his Instagram after the game where it seems the batsman received criticism from numerous fans.
"No (On whether he got a reaction from Rohit Sharma). He's a great guy Rohit. He has played enough cricket now. It's not the first and last time that he will be run out . It just happened to be the first game of the IPL. Probably one of the most-watched games going around. It wasn't ideal checking Instagram after that." Lynn chuckled.
Chris Lynn's record in IPL
Lynn is primarily remembered in the IPL for his fruitful time with KKR, a team he had joined in 2014. He has played 42 games in his IPL career, amassing 1,329 runs at an average of 34.07, while his strike rate is an impressive 140.63.
The batsman has played 42 games in his IPL career, amassing 1329 runs at an average of 34.07, while his strike rate id an impressive 140.63.
Given Quinton de Kock's impressive run of form last season, it remains to be seen whether Chris Lynn will get another game for MI. The Mumbai-based franchise will be in action next on 23 April, where they will square off against the Punjab Kings.