“Storm in…”: Lucknow Supergiants break silence on KL Rahul-Sanjiv Goenka episode


"in the wind..."Lucknow Super Giants break silence on KL Rahul-Sanjeev Goenka episode

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Lucknow Super Giants assistant coach Lance Klusener on Monday played down team owner Sanjiv Goenka's public outburst against captain KL Rahul, terming it a 'storm in a teacup' and saying they are 'two cricket lovers'. There was no issue visible in the 'vigorous discussion'. “. Social media is in a tizzy after Goenka was reportedly seen having an animated chat scolding Rahul following LSG's record collapse at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad last Wednesday. Rahul's future as LSG captain There has also been speculation about the issue, but Klusener said there was “certainly no discussion” on the matter. “I don't see any problem with any strong discussion between two cricket lovers. So for us, I think it's just a storm in a teacup. We love a robust discussion. I think that's how teams get better. So, it's not a problem but a big deal for us,” the South African said during the pre-match press conference.

“This IPL has been tough for Rahul”

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

However, Klusener supported the senior batsman.

“KL has his own unique style which has made him a brilliant player and respected across the world. I think this IPL has been exceptionally difficult for him as we have been losing wickets consistently which has given him the opportunity to step up Is not found.” 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 have been. It's extremely difficult conditions for him. It's something we've talked about – we keep losing wickets. It's time.” However, Klusener said that a big innings from Rahul was just around the corner.

“The batsmen coming in then have to rebuild the whole time, not just come in at one stage. So, I think by KL's standards, he would probably love to play a few more games.

“Maybe (he) would love to score at least one or two centuries which didn't work out for him. But there are still a few games left. He is in good shape. So, again we have our fingers crossed for him, “They said.

LSG's bowling unit faced a brutal onslaught from SRH openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, who scored a record 167 runs in 9.4 overs.

“By the high standards of the bowling unit, they didn't perform as well as they wanted to on that surface and then you mix two players who played absolutely beautifully and often that leads to a bad result for the team that does that.' “They will bring their best skills,” Klusener said.

“It was just a mixture of some exceptionally tough at-bats and I don't think we executed our skills as well as we should have and you mix that together, it doesn't usually end well.” LSG are currently seventh with 12 points, needing to win their remaining two games to keep their playoff hopes alive.

“I think we've been a little inconsistent with our own high standards. We just need to deal with 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 five wins in a row, which I think RCB has done with five wins in a row.

“So it's proven that it's absolutely possible for us, but that's just the big picture. We have to cross the threshold tomorrow before we can have any other aspirations.”

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