New Delhi:The Kolkata Knight Riders suffered another defeat on Tuesday night, the third in a row, to almost push themselves out of contention for a semi-final berth. But what made a much bigger news was the absence of the team's owner, Shah Rukh Khan, for the first time in a home match of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
According to reports, Knight Riders' captain Sourav Ganguly and Shah Rukh Khan are not seeing eye to eye on many issues. No one knows for sure what prompted the fallout, but speculations abound.
There are reportedly differences between the two on many issues -- ranging from team selection to Dada's displeasure at SRK's apparent thoughts of going in for a rotational captaincy. The two also differed on the team composition, right from the player auctions in February. Ganguly apparently wanted more batsmen in the team, while SRK persisted on having a bowling-heavy team.
This is the second such instance of an open spat between the team owner and the player, after the Bangalore team's owner Vijay Mallya's open criticism of captain Rahul Dravid. Whatsoever the reason of the reported Dada-SRK split, but this is bound to raise many doubts, many questions about the upkeep of the IPL. Is this just the tip of the iceberg? Does this point to much deeper fissures and more possible fractures within the entire IPL set-up in the days to come? Don't you think such incidents could endanger the very existence of the IPL?
What is the solution? What do you think should be done to check the rot? Who should have a larger say in matters like team selection? The team owner, the coach or the captain? Write in with your thoughts and opinions...