Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) exited ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 after suffering a six-wicket loss to SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Eliminator on Friday.
After RCB crashed out of the tournament, former India opener Gautam Gambhir said that Kohli, as a skipper, needs to take accountability for the team's failure to deliver the silverware.
Gambhir further added that there is no other franchise, who would've backed the same skipper who has failed to win even a single title in eight years. The cricketer-turned-politician opined that Kohli, as a leader, should put his hands up and take responsibility for the team's defeat.
"100%, 100%, because the problem is about the accountability. Eight years into the tournament (without a silverware), 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 would not have won the title and would've still continued with it. So, it has to be accountability. A captain needs to take the accountability," said Gambhir on being asked if he would change the captaincy.
"It is not only about one year, but 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'," he added.
Batting first, RCB's batting line-up put on an abysmal show in the Eliminator against SRH and could only score 131/7 in 20 overs in the first inning. Apart from AB de Villiers (56) and Aaron Finch (32), no other RCB batsman could make an impact.
Though RCB's bowlers put on a fightback, Kane Williamson and Jason Holder's unbeaten 65-run stand was enough to end RCB's dream of laying hands on the elusive IPL trophy.