Chris Green, an off-spinner and a handy middle-order-batsman is the hot-cake on the T20 circuit worldwide and the franchises have snaffled him up in the blink of an eye. The off-spinner is extremely miser in his bowling and with the bat is capable of hitting few lusty blows at the end. Green is a true modern day T20 player.
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The off-spinner and middle-order batsman, who hails from Sydney’s North Shore, made his Limited Overs debut for the Blues during the 2014/15 Matador BBQs One Day Cup when both Nathan Lyon and Stephen O’Keefe were on duty with the Test team.
He was again selected in the initial Blues squad for the 2015/16 tournament but was later omitted when the Australian players became available following the postponed Test tour to Bangladesh.
The off-spinning all-rounder has also established himself as one of world cricket's most in-demand T20 specialists. In November last year, Chris Green signed a deal spanning six years with the Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sydney Thunder - the longest deal in BBL history.
His six-year commitment beat the five-year deal that Chris Lynn had signed with Brisbane Heat two years ago, which was then the longest. Green had first joined Thunder ahead of the fourth season of the BBL in 2014 and have backed him since.
He’s made his mark in the Pakistan Super League, Canada’s GT20 tournament, England’s Vitality Blast, the Caribbean Premier League, and Abu Dhabi’s T10 League. Chris Green is also the captain of Guyana Amazon Warriors in the CPL 2020.
Following his T20 exploits across the world, the New South Wales cricketer was snaffled up by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2020 IPL auction. He was picked up by KKR for his base price of Rs 20 lakh.
Since the start of last year's Big Bash, no one who has played as many games worldwide and has a better T20 economy rate than his 6.57, while he has conceded a mere 5.80 runs per over in the Powerplay, the phase in which he has become a specialist. Therefore KKR will be looking to use him alongside Sunil Narine judiciously.
However, he had a minor scare in January when he was banned by Cricket Australia for 90-days following some illegalities in his bowling action. But he has now been cleared to bowl again and will be plying his trade in the 13th season of the IPL.
Green was born in South Africa and moved to Wahroonga when he was seven and excelled in both cricket and tennis as a junior. He attended Knox Grammar School on Sydney’s North Shore. His parents Warren and Lisa Green (Gould), were both professional tennis players.