IPL auction 2018: A right-hand batsman who plays for Queensland in the Australian domestic circuit, Lynn scored a match-saving century in only his second Sheffield Shield game when he was just 19. Since then, he has also gone on to play List A and Twenty20 games for his state side. Lynn who started a bidding war in IPL auction 2018, was ultimately bought by KKR for Rs 9.6 crore. A well-built, hard-hitting right-hander Lynn is one of the most accomplished batsmen in the Australian domestic circuit. He has the potential to take even the best of bowlers head-on while he also has the knack of adapting to situations and to different formats. A run-machine when at his best, Lynn had his run-marking severely curtailed from 2014-16 after suffering serious shoulder injuries back-to-back.
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In 2014 he had surgery on his left shoulder to fix a rotator cuff problem and missed the entire Matador Cup and the first half of the Sheffield Shield season. In 2015 a near identical scenario befell him when he injured his left shoulder during a fielding drill and missed the Matador Cup – in which he was to captain Queensland – and the first half of the Shield summer. The timing was unfortunate for Lynn, who in 2014 had made his T20 debut for Australia and missed opportunities to strengthen his international credentials.
Still, when he was fit, Lynn scored heavily, including a 250 against eventual champions Victoria during the 2014-15 Sheffield Shield, and as the BBL’s leading run scorer in 2015-16 with 378 at 54.00 and a strike-rate of 173. A powerful striker, Lynn’s T20 form has earned him deals in the IPL, SLPL and CPL.
Considered a big match player, he just played one match in IPL 2012, for the now defunct, Deccan Chargers. After warming the bench with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2013 season, Lynn was purchased by KKR at the 2014 Player Auction. Lynn did deliver a few fast-track knocks and took a blinding catch against Royal Challengers Bangalore in a crucial game in Dubai in 2015 thereby proving his all-round abilities.