Captain needs to take accountability: Gautam Gambhir slams Virat Kohli
After Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) failed to win the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) former India batsman Gautam Gambhir feels that Kohli should step down from RCB’s captaincy.
Gambhir critisied virat’s captaincy and said that eight years is a long time and if a team fails to win a single title in this period then the captain should be held accountable.
When asked about if Virat should be from RCB’s captaincy in a live interaction on ESPNCricinfo, he 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 the 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 added in the live interaction on ESPNCricinfo.
The former player also added, Virat Kohli should take responsibility and say, ‘yes, I am responsible. I am accountable’.
Giving example, he talked about Kings XI Punjab’s former captain Ravichandran 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.”
“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,” Gambhir highlighted.
Gambhir also added that when you are the leader and captain you get the credit and you should also take the criticism as well.
Virat Kohli-led RCB lost the match to SRH by six wickets and was thrown out of Indian Premier League 2020.