Lucknow Super Giants Owner Faces Backlash for Reprimanding Captain KL Rahul

Lucknow Super Giants owner Sanjiv Goenka publicly reprimanded team captain KL Rahul after a crushing defeat, sparking outrage on social media. The incident has raised questions about Rahul's future as captain and the role of team owners in cricket.

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Lucknow Super Giants Owner Faces Backlash for Reprimanding Captain KL Rahul

Lucknow Super Giants Owner Faces Backlash for Reprimanding Captain KL Rahul

Sanjiv Goenka, the owner of the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), has faced severe criticism on social media after a video of him publicly reprimanding team captain KL Rahul went viral. The incident occurred following LSG's crushing defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 on May 8 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

LSG suffered a 10-wicket loss, with SRH openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma chasing down the target of 166 runs in just 9.4 overs. The defeat has put LSG in a precarious position in the race for the playoffs, currently sitting in sixth place on the points table with 12 points from 12 matches.

Goenka's behavior sparked outrage among fans and experts, who took to social media to express their support for Rahul and condemn the public exchange. Indian pacer Mohammed Shami also weighed in on the issue, stating, "Crores of people watch you and learn from you. If such things happen in front of the camera and you react like this on screen, it's shameful. You should have a limit to your talking, this message goes very wrong."

Shami emphasized the importance of respecting players and having boundaries, suggesting that such conversations should take place behind closed doors. "It's very important to know that players have their own respect, and you are also a respected person as an owner," he added.

In response to the growing backlash, Goenka has disabledcomments on his Instagram accountfollowing theepisode. The incident has also raised questions about Rahul's future as the team's captain, with reports suggesting that if he chooses to step down for the final two matches, the LSG management would not object. However, another source refuted claims of discord between Goenka and Rahul, stating that the captain will retain his position and remain in contention for the upcoming IPL mega auction in 2025.

LSG pacer Naveen-Ul-Haq showed support for his captain by sharing a heartfelt post on Instagram featuring a photo of himself with Rahul. The incident has sparked a wider debate about the role of team owners in cricket and the importance of maintaining players' dignity. As LSG prepares for their crucial upcoming fixtures, the team will need to regroup and focus on securing wins to keep their playoff hopes alive.