Gambhir insists RCB to look for a new captain
Former Indian left-handed batsman Gautam Gambhir said that eight years time is enough for Virat Kohli and insisted Royal Challengers Bangalore to find a new captain.
Royal Challengers Bangalore led by Indian skipper Virat Kohli once again missed their chance to grab a IPL title win. In the eliminator game of IPL 2020, the franchise lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in a low scoring thriller.
With that defeat, RCB’s wait for a title win in Indian Premier League, keeps continuing. As expected there has been criticisms pouring towards the team management as well as the skipper Virat Kohli. In social media also the franchise is under full of trolls and criticisms.
Meanwhile, former Indian left handed batsman Gautam Gambhir opined that Royal Challengers Bangalore should look for a new captain. He stated that the eight years time is well enough for the present skipper Virat Kohli and he failed to take his team to glory.
When asked about for a captaincy change in the team, “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’.
The former cricketer validated his point by pinpointing successful captains like MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. He also pointed that Ravichandran Ashwin was relieved by Kings XI Punjab after failures in two seasons as skipper.
“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. We talk about MS Dhoni, we talk about Rohit Sharma, we talk about Virat Kohli…not at all.
Dhoni has won three [IPL] titles, Rohit Sharma has won four titles, and that’s the reason they’ve captained for such a long time because they’ve delivered. I’m sure if Rohit Sharma wouldn’t have delivered for eight years, he would have been removed as well. There should not be different yardsticks for different people.
The problem and the accountability starts from the top, not from the management nor the support staff, but from the leader. You’re the leader, you’re the captain. When you get the credit, you should take the criticism as well.”