Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has been a strong critic of captain Virat Kohli. He once again launched a barrage of attack on Kohli after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowed out of IPL 2020 losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator.
Speaking about the game, Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a modest total of 131 runs thanks to AB de Villiers half-century. Sunrisers Hyderabad bowled extremely well to contain the batters in the middle-overs but de Villiers guided them to a respectable total on a difficult wicket.
While it looked like an easy chase, Virat Kohli & Co did extremely well to take it deep. But a masterclass from Kane Williamson took Sunrisers Hyderabad home in the 20th over. The Kiwi skipper shared a crucial partnership with Jason Holder to see off the target and set up a clash with Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 2.
Virat Kohli should step down as RCB skipper – Gautam Gambhir
In the wake of it, Gautam Gambhir has launched a fresh attack on captain Virat Kohli as Royal Challengers Bangalore continue to remain trophyless. Gambhir insisted that he holds nothing against Virat Kohli but it was time for the 32-year-old to raise his hands and take the responsibility of team’s title-less run.
Gautam Gambhir also compared Kohli with the likes MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma who has three and four titles respectively to his name.
“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,” Gautam Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo.
Adding further, Gautam Gambhir said that sport is all about delivering and if you can’t the leader should step down. Gambhir said
“Eight years is a long time. It’s not that Kohli isn’t experienced. He captains India, he captains whichever team he plays for, but you’ve got to give results, you’ve got to deliver. Sport is all about delivering,” Gambhir concluded.