Cricket-Gambhir calls for Kohli’s withdrawal from Bangalore captaincy


MUMBAI, Nov. 7 (Reuters) – Former Indian drummer Gautam Gambhir believes Virat Kohli should be replaced as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore after the team completed another Indian Premier League campaign without the trophy.

Indian captain Kohli has led the Bangalore squad in the last eight editions in which they have just made the final once in 2016, when they traveled to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

It was the same team, led by Australian David Warner, who knocked out Kohli’s side from this year’s edition in the UAE in a low scoring thriller on Friday.

When asked if Kohli should be removed from his RCB captaincy position, Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo: “100 percent, because the issue is about liability. Eight years after the tournament, eight years, c ‘is long.

“Tell me any other captain … forget the captain, tell me any other player who would have been eight years old and didn’t win the title and still have continued.”

Gambhir, who led the Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, said Kohli needs to take responsibility for the team’s lack of success and be held to account.

“The problem and the responsibility start at the top, not with the management or the support staff, but with the leader,” said Gambhir, who was a central cog in India’s triumph at the time. the first Twenty20 World Cup in 2007.

“You are the chef, you are the captain. When you get the credit you should also take the criticism.

“It’s not that Kohli isn’t experienced. He’s captain of India, he leads the team he plays for, but you have to deliver, you have to deliver. Sport is about delivery. . “

Coach Simon Katich felt the batting department had let down the team, which lost its last five games of the tournament.

“We felt like we were on the right track at the 10-game mark and then we’re heading into the final four … looking back now, we probably feel like we’re running out of steam,” said Australian Katich to reporters.

“Especially with the bat. It’s probably the only area that has faded a bit after a very good start to the tournament.”


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