“I was shocked to see that 90 per cent of the fans at the Atal Bihari Vajpyee Ekana stadium were rooting for Kohli rather than supporting the home team of LSG. We could have won that match had there been local support,” Sanjay Singh, a resident of Gomati Nagar said.
This was replicated on May 3 again when in a rain-curtailed match, the stadium was awashed with yellow – the CSK – colour. Shalabh Saxena, Sport Editor, The Pioneer, who was present at the stadium to cover the match, recounts that LSG supporters were confined only to a cornor
Lucknow is a city with a rich history and culture, known for its traditions, food, and hospitality. But when it comes to supporting their home team, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), the city’s residents seem to be falling short. It is a shame to see the overwhelming support for teams like Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), while LSG, the team that represents Lucknow, is left neglected.
This neglect of the home team is a disgrace for the people of Lucknow. It sends a message to the players that their efforts are not appreciated and that they are not valued by their own community. It also reflects poorly on the city, as it shows that the people of Lucknow are not willing to support local talent and are more interested in following the crowd.
Moreover, this lack of support for the home team has a direct impact on the morale of the players. Cricket is not just a sport, it is a passion for many players, and they put in a lot of hard work and dedication to succeed in this field. When they see that their efforts are not being appreciated by the people of their own city, it can be demotivating and disheartening.
LSG is a relatively new team in the IPL, having made their debut in 2022. The team has a mix of young and experienced players, and they have shown great potential in their matches so far. However, despite their promising start, they have failed to attract a significant fan base in Lucknow.
The IPL is an excellent platform for cities to showcase their talent, and for the players to feel the support of their home fans. However, when the home team is ignored in favor of other teams, it takes away from the spirit of the game and undermines the hard work put in by the local players.
It is time for the people of Lucknow to rally behind their home team and show their support. It is essential to recognize and appreciate the local talent and give them the encouragement they need to succeed. Supporting LSG not only benefits the team but also helps promote cricket in the city and inspires young players to strive for excellence.
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