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KL Rahul gets involved in heated exchange with angry LSG owner Sanjiv Goenka on ground, fans slam ‘disgusting behaviour’
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KL Rahul gets involved in heated exchange with angry LSG owner Sanjiv Goenka on ground, fans slam ‘disgusting behaviour’

After the crushing defeat against SRH, cameras captured Sanjiv Goenka having a heated conversation with KL Rahul near the LSG dugout.

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) suffered a humiliating defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Wednesday. Chasing a modest target of 166, SRH openers wreaked havoc on the LSG bowling attack, reaching the target in just 9.4 overs. This dismal performance was followed by another blow for LSG captain KL Rahul, who was caught on camera being challenged in public by team owner Sanjiv Goenka.

SRH batters set LSG Bowling on fire

The foundation for SRH’s victory was laid by their openers, Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head. Their explosive batting display, with a total of 14 sixes and 16 fours, left the LSG bowlers helpless. Sharma’s unbeaten 75 off 28 balls and Head’s unbeaten 89 off 30 balls sealed the win for SRH.

KL Rahul is going through a tough time

Before the bowling collapse, KL Rahul himself had a forgettable outing with the bat, sluggishly scoring 29 runs off 33 balls. LSG’s batting was ultimately saved by Nicholas Pooran (48* off 26 balls) and Ayush Badoni (55* off 30 balls), who helped them reach a somewhat respectable total of 165 for 4.

Sanjiv Goenka public expression of dissatisfaction with KL Rahul

After the crushing defeat, cameras captured Sanjiv Goenka having a heated conversation with KL Rahul near the LSG dugout.

The animated exchange sparked outrage on social media, with many fans criticizing the public rebuke. Commentators have even weighed in, suggesting such conversations are best conducted behind closed doors.

Commenter on air said: “You always feel like these conversations should always take place behind closed doors. There are so many cameras that don’t miss anything, and KL Rahul doesn’t go to press conferences and various other things probably to explain what is being discussed there. He has done well here to keep a cool head.”

Fans blast LSG owner Sanjiv Goenka

The video of Sanjiv Goenka’s outburst went viral and evoked strong reactions from fans. Terms such as ‘open dressing room’, ‘in bad taste’ and ‘unacceptable’ dominated discussions on social media. Some fans even urged KL Rahul to consider quitting the LSG franchise.

LSG IPL 2024 play-off hopes are dwindling

This defeat pushes LSG to sixth position on the points table, with their chances of qualifying for the play-offs hanging by a thread. With six defeats in twelve matches, LSG need a significant turnaround to secure a play-off spot.

SRH, on the other hand, climbed to third position with their dominant win, cementing their place among the IPL leaders.

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