Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB )’s dream of winning the glittering trophy of the IPL once again broke. RCB, captained by Virat Kohli, suffered a 6-wicket defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator.
David Warner’s team Hyderabad defeated Bangalore (131/7) by 6 wickets thanks to a brilliant knock by Kane Williamson (50 *) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Made where he will meet Delhi Capitals. AB de Villiers played a blistering 56 for Bangalore but the RCB team could not score big in front of the Hyderabad bowlers.
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After this defeat, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir said that it is time for Bangalore to think ahead of Virat Kohli for the captaincy. He said that if he were in the management of the Bangalore team, he would have removed Kohli from the captaincy.
Kohli took over the captaincy of this team in 2013 but since then the team could reach the playoffs only 3 times in 8 seasons. In the 2016 season, the team was definitely the runner-up but in the last 2 seasons, they were included in the final teams in the points table.
Gambhir, captain of two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders, told Cricinfo, “This is an opportunity for Kohli to come forward and take responsibility for this result.”
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Asked if he would have changed the captain if he was in charge of the franchise, Gambhir said, “100 percent, because the problem is about accountability.” Eight years (without trophy) in the tournament, eight years is a very long time. Forget me about any other captain … Captain, tell me any other player who has been eight years and has not won the title. It should be accountability. A captain needs to take accountability. ‘
He said, ‘It is not a matter of only one year. Not only about this year. I am not against Virat Kohli but somewhere he needs to raise his hand and say- ‘Yes, I am responsible. I am accountable. ‘
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Gambhir said, ‘Eight years is a long, very long time. What happened to Ravichandran Ashwin. For the Kings XI Punjab (two years of captaincy) he could not deliver better and was removed. We talk about MS Dhoni, we talk about Rohit. But we talk about Virat Kohli… not at all. Dhoni has won three (IPL) titles, Rohit Sharma has four, which is why he captained for so long as he has proved. I am sure if Rohit had not proved it for eight years, he would have been removed as well. There should not be a different thing for different people.
He said, ‘The problem and accountability starts from the upper order, not from the management nor the support staff, but from the leader. You lead, you are the captain. When you get credit, you should also face criticism.