Biswajit Manna

He is arguably one of the most exciting talents in the cricket circuit. The Board of Control for Cricket in India recognized this fact. Hence, the BCCI has stood behind Virat Kohli. He is the skipper of India’s national cricket team across the three formats. He is also an integral part of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Virat Kohli is a solid batsman. Not just in the subcontinent, He can score runs at ease even on bouncy, green pitches in Australia and South Africa.  After Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni, he is the third most successful captain of India. He has so far scored 70 international hundreds (43 ODI and 27 Test). Stats are fabulous. There is no question about his high standards as an individual cricketer.

But there are a few serious questions. Has Virat Kohli been able to lead India successfully in ICC tournaments? Has he been able to give his best in most knock out matches? Has he able to led RCB successfully in the Indian Premier League (IPL)? Unfortunately, the answer to the above questions will be a resounding NO.

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His team RCB recently knocked out from IPL 2020 after losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. In this most important match for the side, he scored only 6 runs off 7 balls. He has been a captain for RCB for a long time. The team has some of the most talented cricketers. Yet, they failed miserably. RCB is among the three teams which never won an IPL trophy. Now, questions being raised whether the time has come to remove Kohli from the captaincy of RCB.

According to former Indian opener and two times IPL champion skipper Gautam Gambhir, it is now the question of accountability that can’t be ignored. He feels that Virat Kohli should be removed from the captaincy of RCB. During a conversation with ESPNCricinfo, Gambhir was asked whether Kohli should be removed from the captaincy of RCB or not. To this, the former India cricketer replied, “100 percent. Because the problem is about accountability. Eight years into the tournament (without a trophy). Eight years is a long time.” The former KKR skipper went on to add, “Tell me any other captain…forget about a captain, tell me any other player who would have got eight years and wouldn’t have won the title and would have continued with it.”

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Virat Kohli or RCB fans might be disappointed after reading the comments made by former India cricketer. But the questions raised by Gambhir can’t be ignored at all. Before IPL 2021, there will be a mega auction where all the franchises would have to release all of their players. It will be interesting to see which teams pick players like Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni, who have great records in their name, but failed to show consistency in recent times.

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