IPL 2024: "Storm in a teacup"- LSG assistant coach Lance Klusener plays down KL Rahul-Sanjiv Goenka incident

LSG is currently at the seventh spot with 12 points and two matches remaining.

Sanjiv Goenka went off on KL Rahul after LSG's loss to SRH  | X

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) have finally broken their silence over the recent heated argument between owner Sanjiv Goenka and captain KL Rahul after the team’s humiliating loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing IPL 2024.

Social media has been abuzz after Goenka was seen having an animated chat, purportedly reprimanding Rahul after LSG's record demolition at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad, last Wednesday.

However, Lance Klusener, the assistant coach of LSG played down the incident terming it a "storm in a teacup" and said he didn't find any issue in a "robust discussion between two cricket lovers".

"I don't see any problem with some robust discussion between two cricket lovers. So for us, I guess 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 big thing for us," the South African said during the pre-match press conference.

Opening the batting, Rahul has scored 460 runs but his strike-rate reads 136.09, and it has put pressure on the LSG middle-order comprising Marcus Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran. However, Klusener defended the LSG captain.

"KL has got his own unique style which has made him a fantastic player and respected around the world. I think this IPL has been exceptionally tough for him because we've kept losing wickets at stages which hasn't allowed him to kick on where he likes. He probably feels like he's always having to rebuild.

I think as a batting unit around KL, we haven't been as good as we should. It's just been extremely tough conditions for him. That's something we've chatted about as well -- we've just kept losing wickets at tough times,” he added.

However, Klusener said a big knock from Rahul was just around the corner.

"Then batters coming in, seem to have to be rebuilding the whole time and not just coming into a platform. So, I think by KL's standards, he probably would have liked to have kicked on in a few more games. Probably (he) would have liked to have at least one or two hundred that haven't worked out for him. But there's still a couple of games left. He's in a good space. So, we've got our fingers crossed again for him," he said.

Klusener also touched the subject of LSG bowling as SRH openers Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma racked up a record 167 in 9.4 overs.

"By the bowling unit's high standards, they didn't execute as well as they would have liked to on that surface, and then you mix in two players who played absolutely beautifully, and quite often that ends in a poor result for the team that doesn't bring their best skills. It was just a mix of some exceptionally hard batting and I don't think we executed our skills as well as we should have and you mix that, it doesn't normally end well,” Klusener said.

LSG is currently at the seventh spot with 12 points, making the remaining two games a must-win contest to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

He said: "I think we've been just a little bit inconsistent by our high standards. We just need to deal with the fact of where we are now and make sure that 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 has just done five in a row.

So that's just proved that for us it's absolutely possible, but that's just the big picture. We need to get over the line tomorrow before we can have any other aspirations.”

(PTI inputs)


By Jatin Sharma - 13 May, 2024

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