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Meeting behind closed doors is a better option than watching with the whole world, says Lee about the animated Rahul-Goenka meeting
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Meeting behind closed doors is a better option than watching with the whole world, says Lee about the animated Rahul-Goenka meeting

New Delhi, May 9 Australia’s legendary fast bowler Brett Lee feels the animated encounter between KL Rahul and Sanjiv Goenka in the aftermath of Lucknow Super Giants’ 10-wicket defeat against Sunrisers. Hyderabad could have been better if it had happened behind closed doors earlier than what the whole world is witnessing.

On Wednesday, Lucknow Super Giants suffered a massive blow to their IPL 2024 play-off hopes after Sunrisers Hyderabad openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma chased down 166 in just 9.4 overs, in what was a stunning show of marauding strokeplay of left-handed hitters. at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

After the match concluded, the footage showed Goenka, the LSG owner, looking animated in gestures and body language during his on-field conversation with Rahul, also the franchise captain, and listened to him calmly. The clip quickly went viral and drew scathing criticism from Goenka for his unprofessional attitude in full public view towards Rahul, who leads India in all three formats of international cricket.

“It’s tough (to face a defeat like this), as a sports franchise owner, captain or coach. It is clear that you have a tendency to get the best out of yourself. So last night, when the batting team got 160 for the first time (Luckow Super Giants), and when the Sunrisers Hyderabad came out to blow them away – not losing a wicket in 9.4 overs, people started asking some questions .”

“But there is a time and a place, and that would have happened behind closed doors because it might have been a better option than having the whole world watching it. If this had happened behind closed doors, you wouldn’t be asking this question now. But on the other hand, you also look at the passion that the owners and coaches have; they want their team to do the best,” Lee said at the Avocados Australia launch event at the Australian High Commission on Thursday.

Incidentally, Goenka owned the now defunct Rising Pune Supergiants when they sacked MS Dhoni as captain after missing the play-offs for the 2016 season and appointed Steve Smith as skipper in the 2017 season where they finished second.

In terms of their qualification for the play-offs, LSG can reach 16 points if they win the remaining two matches – against Delhi Capitals in New Delhi on May 14 and Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium on May 17, although their net run-rate (- 0.760) ) is now negative.

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