Royal Challengers Bangalore again break down in their quest to get their first Indian Premier League title. RCB impressed initially but failed to increase momentum in the last five matches. They qualified for the playoffs by the thinnest of the margins even though they lost their last five matches of the season. They were knocked out of the IPL 2020 after losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets in the eliminator on Friday.

                             


It has been a long wait for RCB to get the title. They are one of the three teams to never win the title and have performed dismally in the last three editions. IPL 2020 was thought to be the redemption year but the last match has again put the criticism firmly in the court of captain Virat Kohli.

RCB has put the control on Kohli to lead the side to the IPL title for the past 8 years but he hasn’t been able to deliver the results for them. Even though RCB reached the finals in 2016, they have largely failed to continually deliver the desired results.

Former India batsman and two-time IPL winning captain Gautam Gambhir talked about Kohli’s captaincy after RCB’s loss to SRH and said that it is time for the 32-year-old to be held accountable for the results. When asked if he would change the captaincy, this is what Gautam said:-

“100%, because the problem is about accountability. Eight years into the tournament [without a trophy], eight years is a long time. Tell me any other captain…forget about captain, tell me any other player who would have got eight years and wouldn’t have won the title and would have still continued with it. So it has to be accountability. A captain needs to take accountability,’ Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo.

“It’s not only about one year, but it’s also 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’.