IPL 2024
“Shah Rukh Khan never interfered..”- Gautam Gambhir slams Sanjiv Goenka
By SMCS - May 10, 2024 9:00 pm
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As Lucknow Super Giants owner Sanjiv Goenka is facing criticism for his behaviour with KL Rahul on the field, Gautam Gambhir has taken an indirect dig at him as well. However, Goenka faced backlashes with his animated conversation with Rahul following LSG’s heavy 10-wicket loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier this week as well. After SRH chased down 166 runs in just 9.4 overs, Goenka confronted Rahul as well as head coach Justin Langer on the field and was seen scolding them. Amid this, Gautam Gambhir has taken an indirect dig at him by calling Shah Rukh Khan the best franchise owner he has worked with.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir and Shahrukh khan

Speaking to Sportskeeda, the former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper and now the mentor highlighted that Shah Rukh never interferes in cricketing matters and he gives Gambhir the freedom as well as backing to take any decision.

“I have a fabulous relationship with him. For me, he is the best owner I have worked with. And the reason is not just that he is humble, he is pretty grounded,” said Gautam Gambhir. “I don’t think he has ever interfered in cricketing matters and it is a very big thing for someone like me because you get the freedom of decision-making. You have the freedom and trust that whatever decision I take, I know he’s going to back me.”

Gautam Gambhir and Chandrakant Pandit
Gautam Gambhir and Chandrakant Pandit

“And more importantly, that’s why we have got the results as well. My relationship with him is fantastic and not just now but since I first joined KKR in 2011. But again as you said, SRK is an emotion, I think KKR is an emotion for me as well. That’s why I feel that when any relationship starts on trust, that trust then goes a long way. It’s the trust between us because I know he will never involve himself in cricketing matters and he knows that any decision I take will be in the best interests of the team and not for anything else,” Gautam Gambhir concluded.

However, Gambhir led the Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011 to 2017 and under him, the Knight Riders won their first title in 2012 and went on to clinch the title a second time in 2014 as well.