Famously known for his massive sixes for his various T20 teams around the world, Chris Lynn is a right handed batsman of the Australian cricket team. He was born on 10 April 1990 in Brisbane, Queensland.
Lynn started his youth career for Queensland in the Under-19 category and made his first-class debut as a 19-year-old against South Australia at the Gabba in March 2010, where he played extremely well which enabled him to build strong his career. In the following week, he scored 139 runs in the second innings against Western Australia, helping to win the match. Lynn did not had a great start to his career but through overcoming lot of hardships and challenges, mostly with injuries, he managed to make a name for himself.
He surprisingly scored a century for Queensland soon, showcasing his versatility which promoted him to first-class side.
He scored at an average of over 40 in the first-class format, over 30 in the List-A format and close to 30 in the T20 format. He had a bad time when he injured his shoulder badly for which he couldn't be a part of the major domestic events like the Matador Cup for two consecutive seasons and he missed the golden opportunities to showcase his talent and potential in the international platforms. He also missed the Matador One-Day Cup Shield season as well.
But he was a fighter and he came back with a bang of his career-best 250 against Victoria in the 2014/15 Sheffield Shield season. Lynn holds the record for the most number of 6s in the history of the Big Bash League with more than 100 hits beyond the boundary ropes.
He also has the record of making highest number of runs for the Brisbane Heat. When not on professional duties, Lynn plays senior cricket for Toombul District Cricket Club in Brisbane.
Chris Lynn was roped in by the Deccan Chargers for 4th and 5th seasons of the Indian Premier League for USD 20,000 before the Sunrisers Hyderabad signed him for the 6th season. After being released by the Hyderabad franchise at the 2014 edition of IPL, Lynn was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders and in his first game, he was awarded the Man of the Match for scoring 45 off 31 balls and taking a "Physics-defying" catch to dismiss AB de Villiers in the final over. However, a shoulder injury and indifferent form ensured that he missed most of the 2014 and 2016 editions and the entire 2015 IPL. The 2017 season saw him carting 295 runs from 7 games at an average of close to 50 which included 3 fifties. His best of 93* came against Gujarat Lions as he smashed 6 fours and 8 sixes during the knock. He went on to make several major contributions with the bat for the Kolkata franchise in the same season, most notably, a record 106-run opening partnership off 36 balls with Sunil Narine. 2018 was the only season in which he played all the games for KKR and was awarded Man of the Match twice. In the 2019 edition he played 13 matches and scored 405 runs at an average of 31.15 with 82 being his highest score. However he was released by the franchise and picked at his base price of INR 2 crore at the auction ahead of the 2020 season by Mumbai Indians.
Lynn's hard-hitting performances at the Big Bash League helped him secure a spot in Australia's T20 squad. Lynn’s T20I debut was against England at Hobart on 29th of January 2014. Lynn remained unbeaten on 33 runs in the match. He played extremely well at the T20I series against England in January 2014. He wasted no time and bludgeoned a violent (albeit typical) 19-ball 33 on debut.
In January 2017, Lynn was named in Australia One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against Pakistan. He made his ODI debut for Australia against Pakistan on 13 January 2017 at Brisbane where he scored 16 runs off 24 balls. He has since then only played three more ODIs.
As a child, Lynn was so obsessed with sports that he wanted goal posts to be put up in the family backyard. Since it was an impossible wish for his parents to grant, they instead set cricket nets for the future ‘ferocious’ batsman. A complete sports buff, Lynn captained the Queensland under-12 teams in cricket and rugby league, swam freestyle at the national titles, and was also a junior AFL star.