IPL 2020: Former India opener and two-time IPL-winning captain Gautam Gambhir believes it's time for the Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) to take some tough call and certainly look beyond Virat Kohli as captain. Gautam Gambhir made his comments on ESPNcricinfo's T20 Time Out show after RCB lost the Eliminator to the SRH by six wickets on Friday. Virat's led Royal Challengers ending their season with seven wins and eight losses.
Gambhir feels that RCB to look beyond Virat Kohli as a captain now. This season, the team put a decent challenge and qualify for the IPL 2020 playoffs on the behalf of a much better NRR than the former captain' side Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) but crashed out by Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH) on Friday night with their fifth consecutive loss after not being able to defend a below-par score of 131.
Under Kohli's captaincy since 2013, the Royal Challengers have made the playoffs three times in eight seasons. Gambhir said it was time Virat Kohli put his hand up and took responsibility for the results.
Since finishing runners-up in 2016, Virat's Royal Challengers Bangalore had ended at the bottom in two of the last three seasons i.e. IPL 2017 and 2019 and finished sixth in 2018.
Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) has shown more reliance on the skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers through the 13th edition of Dream11 IPL 2020. Meanwhile, the 20-year-old opener Devdutt Padikkal was the leading run-scorer this season and he ends the campaign with 473, followed by Kohli (466) and de Villiers (454), an inexperienced middle order meant they were dependent on de Villiers and Kohli again and again for strong finishes.
Gambhir said that "Imagine if AB would have had a bad season, tell me what would have happened to RCB," Gambhir said. "He was the one who actually won them two or three games out of seven. I don't think as a unit they've done anything different from what they did last year. It's exactly the same this year as well. Only because you've qualified for the playoffs, just because of one individual's absolute brilliance, it doesn't make you a strong contender to win the IPL."
"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, he added.