Chris Lynn’s IPL campaign is in serious danger of coming to a halt as the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener suffered a shoulder injury while diving in an attempt to take a catch in the field against Mumbai Indians (MI) yesterday night.
Lynn was running back towards the boundary, and he dived forward in an effort to catch a high ball from MI opener Jos Buttler. He immediately grabbed his shoulder and signalled for medical assistance and left the ground clutching his left arm.
He was later seen in the dressing room with an ice -pack strapped to the same shoulder.
The Queenslander has a long history of shoulder problems and that continued when he appeared to dislocate his left shoulder in an attempt to take the catch. If the dislocation is confirmed, it will be the third time in around 18 months that Lynn has dislocated the same shoulder.
Lynn missed the first half of the 2016-17 season after dislocating the same shoulder in Sri Lanka last year, and his KFC Big Bash League campaign was also cut short due to a neck problem. He also missed the 2015 Matador BBQs One-Day Cup after dislocating the same shoulder. He had surgery on the same shoulder in the end of 2014, forcing him to miss the start of the 2014-15 season.
After the match, Lynn tweeted “Dear Cricket Gods, did I do something wrong?”, adding further assurance to the likelihood that he will be out of the field for a considerable amount of time.
“It’s unfortunate for Chris to sustain another injury to the shoulder that has troubled him in the past. It’s not the sort of birthday you would wish for, and the best wishes of the club and our fans go out to him.”, said Andrew McShea (Brisbane Heat general manager).
This is a huge blow for Kolkata Knight Riders as he was instrumental in both their matches as he hit a career-best 19-ball 50 vs Gujarat Lions hitting 8 sixes in their opening match and made a quick-fire 32 yesterday against the Mumbai Indians.