Last week, the eight teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) went on to submit the list of retained and released players ahead of the auction next month. A total of 71 players were released across the franchises. Interestingly, many foreign stars were released by clubs which makes things look interesting. One expects a lot of intensity during the auction in Kolkata next, as teams would want to make the most out of the remaining money in the purse.
Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) released 11 players and what struck most was their decision to part ways with experienced T20 customer in the form of Chris Lynn. The Australian international was one of the side’s prolific run-scorers across the last three seasons. Lynn was a part of many fabulous starts enjoyed by KKR at the top. He is a real destructor and approached his innings with a lot of flair. Therefore, KKR deciding to release the solid T20 customer drew a lot of attention from all corners.
To be honest, KKR are thin in terms of opening combination. It looked like Lynn and Shubman Gill were the best choice to have a crack in IPL 2020. This is after Sunil Narine’s inconsistency atop. Now with Lynn released alongside Joe Denly, KKR are short in this department. They need at least two opening options for the 13th edition of the league. Will they manage to get someone who knows the conditions as well as Lynn? Can someone come in and get the runs Lynn did?
These are two valid questions KKR need to find an answer on as the auction day approaches. Lynn, who is currently plying his trade in the Abu Dhabi T10 League, smashed the highest individual score in the tournament after a 30-ball 91* recently. This was a statement of sorts by the senior player. One expects to see several teams now going heavy for Lynn during the auction day. And looking at other options and their offerings, KKR have missed the plot here completely. Unless, KKR could go for Lynn at a lower price, but with a possible bidding war, this could be a tricky phase.