Lynn: See ball, hit ball
Destructive Australia and Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Chris Lynn feels that keeping his game simple is behind his success.
Lynn smashed an unbeaten 93 that helped KKR race past a total of 183 for 4 posted by the Gujarat Lions.
The decision to promote Lynn to open was made with the knowledge that they needed to get off to a good start.
Lynn said in an interview with iplt20.com: “We knew we had to get off to a good start and we did that, we put them under pressure in the first six overs and then we took our momentum from there.
“I try and keep things very simple, it’s as simple as see ball, hit ball. If they bowl a good ball, you’ve got to respect that and try and get down at the other end and if they bowl a bad ball, you’ve to try and put it away.
“That’s as simple as I can put it. And if I’m not having fun, I’m not going to do well. That’s the main thing.”
The big hitting Aussie feels that opening allowed him to play his natural game with the ball coming on to the bat a little better.
He said: “Probably just the bounce [That he needed to adjust to], and maybe as a batter you might put your stance a little bit lower and you’ve got to hold your shape a little bit more.
“As an opener the difference is minimal but batting in the middle order has a lot more changes – starting against spin is one thing.
“But upfront it’s generally the ball slotting on, and it’s a nice hard Kookaburra… as I said, have a bit of fun and you never know. I had a little bit of luck tonight but you make use of luck so it’s a positive thing.
“It may not always be my night but fingers crossed I can always pick that momentum and ride that wave throughout that tournament now. So that’s the challenge and teams are going to watch the footage and work a plan out and I’m going to have to try and throw a punch back and go one better, that’s part of the game but it’s great fun while we’re doing it.”
Lynn conceded that there was little chance of him getting a hundred with his skipper Gautum Gambhir going great guns down the other end.
He added: “I’m just really happy with the way we gelled, we did it so quickly.
“That’s probably the second time I’ve batted with GG now. We were very comfortable, we ran between the wickets well and that’s the best sign coming out of it. It’s good fun and to do it none down was even more special.
“First I was happy to get off the mark, then get the fifty but the way Gauti was batting, he was never going to give me a chance to get to a hundred. But I’ll take 90 not out any day of the week over a hundred, as everyone says the team comes first.”
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