'Storm In…': Lucknow Super Giants Break Silence on KL Rahul-Sanjiv Goenka Episode


"Storm in...": Lucknow super giants break silence on KL Rahul-Sanjiv Goenka episode

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Lucknow Super Giants assistant coach Lance Klusener on Monday downplayed team owner Sanjiv Goenka's public outburst against their skipper KL Rahul, terming it a 'storm in a teacup' ” and said he found no problem in an “intense discussion between two cricket lovers”. “. Social media was abuzz after Goenka was seen having a heated conversation, allegedly berating Rahul after LSG's record-breaking demolition at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad last Wednesday. There were speculations about the Rahul's future as LSG skipper too, but Klusener said there was “definitely no discussion around” the issue. “I don't see any problem with a heated discussion between two cricket lovers. So for us, I guess it's just a storm in a teacup. We like lively discussions. I think that’s how teams get better. So it's not a problem. it’s a big thing for us,” the South African said in the pre-match press conference.

“This IPL has been difficult for Rahul”

Opening the batting, Rahul has scored 460 runs but his strike rate is 136.09 which has put pressure on the LSG middle order comprising Marcus Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran.

Klusener, however, supported the senior hitter.

“KL has his own unique style which has made him a fantastic and respected player around the world. I think this IPL has been exceptionally difficult for him as we kept losing wickets at stages which did not allow him to start where he likes He probably feels like he always has to rebuild.

“I think as a batting unit around KL we haven't been as good as we should be. The conditions have just been extremely difficult for him. That's something we've discussed as well – we just kept losing wickets in difficult conditions at times. However, Klusener said a big knock from Rahul was imminent.

“Then the hitters coming in seem to have to rebuild all the time and not just get on a platform. So I think by KL standards he probably would have liked to start in a few more games.

“He probably would have liked to have had at least one or two hundreds that didn't work out for him. But there are still a few games left. He's in a good space. So, we're still keeping our fingers crossed for him,” he said. -he declares.

LSG's bowling unit was the target of a brutal attack from SRH openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, who piled up a record 167 in 9.4 overs.

“Due to the high standards of the bowling unit, they didn't perform as well as they would have liked on that surface and then you mix two players who bowled absolutely magnificently and a lot of times it comes out. ends in a bad result for the team that doesn't “They won't bring their best skills,” Klusener said.

“It was just a mix of exceptionally hard hitters and I don't think we executed our skills as well as we should have and if you mix that up it doesn't normally end well.” LSG currently sit in seventh place with 12 points, making the remaining two games a must-win competition to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

“I think we've just been a little inconsistent against our own high standards. We just have to face the fact of where we are right now and make sure we become consistent.

“As a team we want to win the IPL, we probably need to win five in a row, which I think RCB just did five in a row.

“It just proved that for us it's definitely possible, but that's just the big picture. We have to cross the finish line tomorrow before we can have other aspirations.”

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