Reports of Lucknow Super Giants holding talks with Justin Langer for the head coach position have sparked speculation about potential changes in the franchise ahead of the next IPL season. Andy Flower, the current head coach of LSG, had a two-year contract that ended with the latest season, and the management is reportedly searching for a new coach despite the team’s decent performance in their first two years.
Under Flower’s guidance, LSG has achieved third-place finishes in the IPL, reaching the playoffs on both occasions. In contrast, the Gujarat Titans, who also debuted in the IPL in 2022, have reached the final in both seasons and clinched the title last year.
LSG’s aim is to win the IPL title, which is why they have engaged in discussions with Justin Langer, who led Australia to victory in the T20 World Cup in 2021. Langer has an impressive coaching record, having guided the Perth Scorchers to three Big Bash League titles.
Gautam Gambhir, a former India international, is currently associated with LSG as a mentor. However, it remains unclear whether he will continue with the franchise amidst the potential changes in the coaching staff. The speculation surrounding Gambhir’s future sparked a frenzy on social media, with fans expressing their desire for his return to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Gautam Gambhir led KKR to IPL victories in 2012 and 2014 as captain. While KKR has struggled in recent seasons, failing to make it to the playoffs in the past two years, it is reported that they are likely to stick with their current coaching setup, led by Chandrakant Pandit, according to Cricbuzz.
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As of now, there is no official confirmation from LSG regarding the coaching staff changes. Fans eagerly await updates on the situation and the potential outcomes for both the franchise and Gautam Gambhir.