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Sanjiv Goenka Loses His Cool On The Field

By A Special Correspondent
First publised on 2024-05-10 01:05:31

The IPL is played on a team ownership system. This means that persons or organizations that buy a franchise often shell out big bucks. They do not do it as charity. They expect returns. For the returns to come in, the franchise (team) needs to perform well. Hence, team owners monitor performance with a fine toothcomb. But whatever the priorities, no team owner can be expected to make a public display of his ire at the team's performance by lashing out at the captain as Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) owner Sanjiv Goenka (chairman of the RPSG group) did in Hyderabad when his team was thrashed by Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Goenka was seen talking animatedly with K L Rahul near the dugout. It seemed he was angry at the team's performance (which he had every right to be, as the owner) and was asking Rahul the reason for such abject surrender. But it was something which should not have been done on the ground in full public view. These are internal matters of the team and are best discussed either in the dressing room or the team hotel. Goenka, as a top corporate honcho, should be aware of this. Further, to subject the captain, who just badly lost a match, to such tongue-lashing in public is to completely demoralize him and the team.

The commentators and the internet rightly criticized Goenka for what he did in public view. If players can be fined for ugly behaviour on the field for bringing the game into disrepute, shouldn’t there be a fine on owners too for such behaviour? The BCCI should caution owners and ensure that such incidents are not repeated in future. For, whatever the relationship between a team owner and a player, it does not look proper if a celebrated cricketer is scolded in public by a team owner.