Mumbai: Following the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) elimination from Indian Premier League 13th edition former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir said that Virat Kohli should be removed as RCB captain.
Kohli has been his captain since 2013 and has managed to win the title for his team in eight years.
“Not only about a year, not only about this. I have nothing against Virat Kohli, but somewhere he needs to step off the line and put his hand up and say, ‘Yes, I am responsible I am. I am accountable,” Gambhir was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.
Gambhir also cited the example of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni, who highlight the reasons for staying with the captain for a long time.
“Eight years is a long time. See what happened to R Ashwin. For two years of captaincy [for 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, ”he said.
“Dhoni has won three [IPL] titles, Rohit Sharma has won four titles, and that is why they have captained for so long, as it was expected. 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,” Gambhir added.
On Friday 6 November, RCB pulled out of the tournament after their six-wicket defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at LCN. At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, RCB were able to score only 131 runs after batting first.