After fourth consecutive defeats, RCB, despite managing to qualify for the playoffs earlier, was eliminated from IPL 2020 yesterday. RCB was beaten by SRH by six wickets to qualify for the second eliminator game.
Now the fact that RCB yet again failed to win the trophy despite entraining a host of great athletes, questions coming its way is obvious. And as always, Gautam Gambhir was the first one to question.
Former India batsman and two-time IPL winning captain Gautam Gambhir after last night match questioned RCB’s obsession with allowing Kohli to captain the side despite him not delivering results that RCB would like.
When asked if he would change the captaincy, this is what Gautam said:-
“100%, because the problem is about accountability. Eight years into the tournament [without a trophy], eight years is a long time. Tell me any other captain…forget about captain, tell me any other player who would have got eight years and wouldn’t have won the title and would have still continued with it. So it has to be accountability. A captain needs to take accountability,’ Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo.
“It’s not only about one year, it’s not only about this. I have nothing against Virat Kohli but somewhere down the line, he needs to put his hand up and say, ‘yes, I am responsible. I am accountable,’ he added.
Giving an example of Ashwin, he said, “Eight years is a long, long time. Look at what happened to R Ashwin. Two years of captaincy [for the Kings XI Punjab], he couldn’t deliver and he was removed.”