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Sanjiv Goenka And KL Rahul Reconcile With A Heartfelt Hug Following Viral Video Controversy

Reports suggested Rahul might step down as captain for the remainder of IPL 2024, but the situation appears to have improved within the camp. However, LSG still face challenges, including a poor net run rate, as they strive for a playoff spot in the IPL 2024.

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: May 14, 2024 15:47 IST
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KL Rahul and Sanjiv Goenka
KL Rahul and Sanjiv Goenka

It appears that harmony has been restored within the Lucknow Super Giants camp. A week following the viral video depicting LSG owner Sanjiv Goenka’s public outburst directed at skipper KL Rahul, the atmosphere seemed to have shifted. Goenka and Rahul were spotted sharing a warm hug after Goenka hosted a special dinner for the team in Delhi, just ahead of LSG’s crucial IPL 2024 league match against Delhi Capitals.

Goenka found himself in the midst of controversy following his animated conversation with Rahul, which was interpreted as a public reprimand of the captain. This occurred after LSG suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad, where they posted 165/4 but then struggled as SRH openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma swiftly chased down the target in under 10 overs. The loss significantly impacted LSG’s net run rate, which currently stands as the worst among all teams. While the KL Rahul-led side remains in contention for a spot in the IPL 2024 playoffs, their poor net run rate may prove detrimental if playoff qualification comes down to that metric.

The incident sparked a flurry of criticism from former cricketers and fans, with many directing their ire towards Goenka and labeling his actions as unnecessary. The lack of response from the LSG camp only fueled further speculation. Subsequently, reports emerged suggesting that KL Rahul was considering stepping down from the captaincy for the remainder of IPL 2024, and further rumors suggested that LSG might not retain him for the upcoming IPL 2025 season. These developments only heightened tensions within the camp and worsened the situation.

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Recent images shared by social media influencers depict a contrasting scene, showing Goenka and Rahul sharing a warm embrace. LSG coach Justin Langer shed light on the situation in an interview, revealing that the conversation, although it may have appeared aggressive, was actually quite mild. Langer’s insight suggests that the intensity of the interaction may have been misinterpreted by onlookers.

Langer explained that after the game, Goenka approached KL and discussed the failed plan, seeking clarification on what went wrong and how to proceed. Despite appearances, the conversation was actually quite mild, with both parties calmly discussing the situation and addressing concerns.

Also Read: IPL 2024: LSG Coach Breaks Silence On Conversation Between KL Rahul And Sanjeev Goenka

First published on: May 14, 2024 03:47 PM IST

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