IPL 2024: LSG owner Sanjiv Goenka seen scolding KL Rahul after defeat against SRH

Sanjiv Goenka, the owner of the Lucknow Super Giants team, expressed his frustration during a tense conversation with captain KL Rahul following LSG’s heavy defeat to SunRisers Hyderabad in a crucial IPL 2024 match.

Sanjiv Goenka scolding KL Rahul
LSG owner Sanjiv Goenka seen publicly scolding KL Rahul.

Sanjiv Goenka, the prominent figure behind the Lucknow Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, found himself embroiled in a heated exchange with team captain KL Rahul following Lucknow Super Giants’ devastating loss to SunRisers Hyderabad in a pivotal encounter during the IPL 2024 season. The scene, unfolding along the boundary rope at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, became the focal point of attention on various social media platforms, showcasing the palpable disappointment within the Lucknow camp.

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The defeat dealt a significant blow to Lucknow’s aspirations of securing a spot in the IPL 2024 playoffs, as they slipped to sixth place in the points table. This setback was particularly disheartening considering Lucknow’s optimistic outlook heading into the match, expecting to maintain their undefeated streak against the former champions, SunRisers.

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However, their hopes were shattered as SunRisers put on a dominant performance, chasing down Lucknow’s total of 165 runs in just 9.4 overs, thereby setting a new T20 record.

KL Rahul faced the brunt of criticism for his cautious approach on the field, especially during the powerplay where Lucknow struggled to match SunRisers’ aggressive start. Despite some contributions from other players, it was the formidable opening partnership of SunRisers’ Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma that ultimately sealed Lucknow’s fate.

In the aftermath of the defeat, Rahul acknowledged the exceptional batting display by Head and Sharma, commending their skills and relentless determination. However, amidst the disappointment and introspection within the Lucknow Super Giants camp, there arose a discordant note among some fans. They expressed discontent with Goenka’s decision to publicly confront Rahul, suggesting that such matters should have been addressed in a more private setting.

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This public display of frustration from the owner towards the captain prompted speculation and fueled debate among fans about the dynamics within the team. Some even went as far as urging KL Rahul to consider parting ways with the franchise, citing concerns about the perceived lack of respect from the owner.

As Lucknow Super Giants regroup for their upcoming fixtures, they face the daunting task of rediscovering their winning form. With matches against Delhi and Mumbai on the horizon, the team is under immense pressure to turn the tide and uphold their proud record of making the playoffs in every IPL season.

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