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Will LSG release KL Rahul before IPL auctions or keep their Rs 17 crore star?  Here are some details.  Republic World
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Will LSG release KL Rahul before IPL auctions or keep their Rs 17 crore star? Here are some details. Republic World

KL Rahul is unlikely to be retained by LSG in IPL 2025 | Image:IPL

KL Rahul’s future as captain of the Lucknow Super Giants is all but out of contention for the IPL play-offs and uncertain for the remaining two matches after the team suffered a ‘tease’ from Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.

After his captaincy and archaic T20 batting style, there is still no clarity on whether the management will retain him by paying a hefty Rs 17 crore before the mega auction next season. LSG management remains tight-lipped on the matter. However, there is speculation that the captain could step down on his own and concentrate on batting for the next two matches.

“There is a five-day break before the next match against DC. No decision has been taken so far but it is clear that if Rahul plans to focus only on his batting in the remaining two matches, the management will won’t mind.” ,” an IPL source told PTI on condition of anonymity.

There is a possibility that since it is only two matches, Rahul might take charge of the team.

Videos of LSG owner Sanjiv Goenka’s excited conversation with Rahul surfaced on social media after Sunrisers Hyderabad openers Travis Head (89 not out off 30 balls) and Abhishek Sharma (75 off 28 balls) reached a target of 167 in less than 10 overs .

This was after the LSG batters struggled to bat at the same track in Hyderabad.

Worse still, Rahul’s (29 off 33 balls) batting in the Powerplay has been one of the biggest reasons for LSG’s underperformance in the cash-rich league and it seems Goenka is finally running out of patience.

The India star scored 460 runs in 12 matches and could once again cross the 500-run mark for the season, but the problem is his strike-rate of 136.09.

It must be mentioned that among the top eight run-getters in IPL, Rahul has the worst strike rate in the top three. All of the other seven hitters have a strikeout rate over 140, with some, like Travis Head, being around 200-plus. Virat Kohli, whose strike rate has been criticized, has a strike rate of over 148.

LSG are still mathematically in contention as they can get 16 points by winning their remaining two matches – against Delhi Capitals in New Delhi on May 14 and against Mumbai Indians in Wankhede on May 17.

However, it will be very difficult to massively improve the net run rate (-0.760).

In case Rahul decides to resign, vice-captain Nicholas Pooran, by far the team’s most impactful batsman in the season, is likely to take over for the remaining two matches. =