On May 13, during the first innings of the 58th game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Super Giants in the ongoing IPL 2023, there was a dispute caused by some of the home team fans allegedly throwing objects at the LSG dugout.
Because umpires had to step in, the game was stopped for a while. A portion of the LSG support personnel entered the field to defend themselves before police intervened to calm the situation.
Sunil Gavaskar, a former captain of India, criticized the Hyderabad Cricket Association for failing to provide adequate dugouts for the protection of the team’s players and support staff in a similar vein. Both Simon Doull and Mpumelelo Mbangwa, who were on the commentary panel, spoke out against the incident.
“A little crowd issue, we can say, a little crowd issue – which is never nice,” said Simon Doull on-air. No, it isn’t, Mpumelelo Mbangwa retorted. “That overturned no ball issue, the legal delivery, and the concerns are at hand. The Lucknow team and the visiting side are attempting to ensure that everything is in order.
What’s difficult to comprehend is that the majority of dugouts are made of flexi-glass. The beach umbrellas we have here offer no protection. Come on, the Hyderabad Cricket Association can supply the appropriate dugouts instead of these crude structures you see. These are undoubtedly a concern and an issue, Sunil Gavaskar continued.
SRH lost to LSG by seven wickets.
The Krunal Pandya-led team was put under a ton of strain in the second innings, but they eventually managed to secure a comfortable seven-wicket victory. Prerak Mankad and Marcus Stoinis played ferocious knocks of 40 runs off 25 deliveries and 64* runs off 45 deliveries, respectively, in an effort to reach the 182 run mark.
Nicholas Pooran caused mayhem toward the end of the game, scoring 44* from 13 deliveries to help LSG win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.