IPL news December 3, 2011

Dravid to captain Rajasthan Royals


Rahul Dravid has been appointed the new captain of Rajasthan Royals. Dravid succeeds Shane Warne, who captained Royals in the first four IPLs and led them to the championship in the league's inaugural season. Dravid was bought by Royals in the 2011 IPL auction for $500,000, after playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore for the first three years. One of the reasons Dravid was signed by Royals was his proven leadership abilities.

"I am honoured to lead the Rajasthan Royals and look forward to the valuable inputs from my team-mates who are already leading their national sides and clubs," Dravid said. "My aim will be to get the best out of a very talented squad and invoke the same team spirit that won the franchise the first IPL, and has been a hallmark of the Rajasthan Royals ever since."

Warne announced his retirement from the IPL following the 2011 tournament and Royals had a number of players with leadership experience from which to choose his successor. Their squad includes current New Zealand captain, Ross Taylor, and former international Twenty20 captains Johan Both and Paul Collingwood. Shane Watson, the Australia allrounder was another candidate but in the end Dravid's qualifications were too strong too ignore.

"No one [in the squad] has Rahul Dravid's stature," Raghu Iyer, Rajasthan's spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo. "He is probably one of the world's best ever. Very difficult not to appoint him as captain."

Warne complimented Dravid's leadership skills. "He is not only one of the world's best batsmen, but a leader par excellence. The Royals squad is a bunch of extremely energetic and talented players who know their roles perfectly well and I am sure they will thrive under Dravid's inspiring leadership."

In his debut season with Royals earlier this year, Dravid scored 343 runs in 12 matches at an average of 31.18 and a strike-rate of 109.23. The team finished sixth in the table, and were in the hunt for a play-off spot for most of the season before fading at the end.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • Srinivas on December 6, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    @nayonika, I won't buy that. A Captain's role is only so much. If Captain is what wins matches and tournaments, then we are basically insulting the work ethic and inner passion of players like Dravid, Sachin, VVS, Kumble who perform irrespective of the Captain. For RR to win, you need players with talent and in form. Dravid can only inspire and guide them as to how to play for the team and lift their game in crisis.

  • Saad on December 6, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    gr8 man he is... but RR will not come good unless dey chose good indians also like good overseas...only dravid can't do anything alone from da 7 indians in da XI

  • Srinivas on December 5, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    @CandidIndian, that's true to some extent. Yes, cut down on the length of the tournament. No problem. But baying for IPL's blood is pretty ordinary and I see that a lot on Cricinfo. I mean, Desis themselves fell into that trap that was setup by some vested interests. We need to understand that IPL is pure business and I can't help but wonder at the intelligence and sensitivities of people who bay for such a multimillion dollar business's blood during these times when the global economy is struggling. IPL is here to stay as long as it churns out millions of dollars. If t20 is spoiling cricket, please worry about t20 tournaments in Aus/Eng/SA and shut them down. India is a poor country and we can't afford to shut down such a revenue generating industry in our country. @Karthik Raja, can't agree more about Badri. And same applies to the supremely talented Ambati Rayudu. At least they are making some decent life from IPL.

  • Ramakrishnan on December 4, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    I am saying RR under RD will be the 2012 IPL winners. Any takers?

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    @karthik Raja during DRAVID'S captaincy no one applauded him for his captaincy. only players' who contributed they were applauded and for loss only the captain but from dhoni's period only captain is applauded for victory n players' r for the loss except in recent series

  • SWAMINATHAN on December 4, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Forthcoming RR games ... dull, boring,might as well skip .....

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    I never liked Rajasthan Royals.... But this decision has earned them one more fan.... Great work by the management to make Dravid captain . He truly deserve it. The Wall is the greatest batsman india has produced.

  • Gaurav on December 4, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas-IPL may not be killing Indian cricket but its has adverse effect for sure.Almost every series played after IPL has been a disaster to say the least.Problem with IPL is its too long and hence tiring not only for players but for fans too.This tournament should go on just for 3 to 4 weeks ,other wise we will see unfit and tired players .Also controversy of club vs country will continue.

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas.. Agree with u.. Lets not just bash IPL for everything.. Yes, it means bread&butter for many cricketers.. Sometimes, I feel pity for players like Badri.. Who, with all his talent couldn't hv earned "something" in his life without IPL.. It has indeed helped us in finding some Talent(YP,Ashwin,Jadeja - all came to spotlight thanks to IPL) @rajachandra.. While I accept that Dravid has been a gud captain for India, u must accept 2007 WC fiasco was Total Team failure(not 1 r 2).. U give credit to captain for winning series away.. Bt, pointing fingers @ others in case of failures.. Double standards.. Rite.??

  • Srinivas on December 4, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    @crikbuff, IPL is giving life to thousands of Indians and foreigners (cricketers and non-cricketers alike) and their families are in much better shape today than ever before. So, in the broader interest of humanity, it doesn't matter whether IPL kills or keeps cricket (just a game) alive as long as it keeps thousands and thousands of people not only alive but also happy and kicking. I'm sure IPL isn't killing Indian or World Cricket. Come out of this conspiracy mindset that is highly prevalent - that IPL is destroying cricket. Hope you know that t20 is happening not just in India. Why not question Big Bash or other t20 tournaments of other countries? To me, this IPL bashing is nothing but an anti-India sentiment started and propagated by some vested forces. Let us not fall for it. Please..

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