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Fans are rallying behind KL Rahul after public humiliation by LSG owner Sanjiv Goenka
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Fans are rallying behind KL Rahul after public humiliation by LSG owner Sanjiv Goenka

Indian cricket fans are rallying behind KL Rahul after he was verbally abused by Lucknow Super Giants owner Sanjiv Goenka in full view of the cameras following the team’s crushing defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 57 of IPL 2024.

Goenka was seen having a heated conversation with Rahul, who remained silent while being slapped by his boss.

But fans were not impressed with what they saw and called out Goenka for the public humiliation of a senior India player.

Rahul has received a huge wave of support and is even recalled to Royal Challengers Bengaluru by fans who feel he is being treated poorly at LSG.

KL’s IPL journey

Rahul made his IPL debut with RCB in 2013 but left the franchise after being bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014. He returned to RCB two years later in 2016 and spent a few seasons before becoming captain of the Punjab Kings.

LSG entered the IPL in 2021 and brought Rahul on board as skipper in 2022.

The team reached the Eliminator in the 2022 and 2023 IPL under Rahul’s captaincy but are fighting for a top-four spot this season due to their inconsistent and injury-hit campaign.

LSG’s play-off qualifying scenario

However, LSG are still in the race to reach the last four with 12 points from as many games. They are currently sixth in the table, tied on 12 points, with Chennai Super Kings (4th) and Delhi Capitals (5th).

Lucknow will play Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians in their last two league matches, which they need to win to stay in contention. They will also have to pray for different results so that they can find their way elsewhere.

LSG can only get a maximum of 16 points, but even a single defeat will bring the Net Run Rate into play.

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2024 1:15 PM IST