Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir said it was time for Royal Challengers Bangalore to look beyond Virat Kohli as their captain after the team was eliminated by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator on Friday.

RCB have never won the title and since Kohli took over as captain eight years ago, have only qualified for the playoffs thrice. In the previous three seasons, RCB have finished in the bottom place twice.

Gambhir felt it was time for Kohli to put his hand up and take responsibility for the results.

“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 ESPNCrinfinfo.

“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...

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