IPL news December 3, 2011

Dravid to captain Rajasthan Royals

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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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  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

  • Siddie 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

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

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

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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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.

  • CandidIndian 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.

  • 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.??

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

  • Siddie 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

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

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

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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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.

  • CandidIndian 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.

  • 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.??

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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..

  • crikbuff on December 4, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Cmon Dravid - please listen to your conscience! We all can see that IPL is destroying Indian and World cricket. Please stop playing this mediocre rubbish and save cricket!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 4, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    That's great news. Was expecting it. But still a bit doubtful. Hats off to Shilpa. She proved that she is beauty with brains. Rahul Dravid = RESPECT. Hail RR! That's my team. Yes, Mr. Mallya, we are coming. Go RR go...Go Dravid go...

  • vamshi_teamindia on December 4, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    RAHUL DRAVID>>>>>>>>>>THE LEGEND!!! Good decision from RR! I appreciate the owners decision. Dravid has done everything for indian cricket. His captaincy doesnt come under light but he was a very good captain. he equals Gangulys captaincy winning record percentage in ODI's! His test record is also good with firts ever win in south africa, Series win i england and windies aftr long time. He is very good leader. the people who criticize his captaincy just shut you r mouths and see his stats as a captain.......................GOOD LUCK DRAVID U ROCKKK!!!

  • on December 4, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    its a very good decision. I don't think that Rahul's captaincy should be questioned. He captained India in difficult times, the chappal's time, n even as RCB's captain he was under lot of pressure by Vijay Mallaya....... n also Kumble who he respects a lot was also there to captain the team....here inn RR Rahul is free n perhaps the most respected player in the team.....let him handle it for a season...at worst RR will finish last (which won't happen i am damn sure)...so what ? they have tasted success n failures....Rahul will be more than just a player for them....he will be an inspiring leader.....

  • kathi5 on December 4, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    At last RR has found some indian captain .....dravid is a true legend he no need to prove tat he is legend & back to RR ...after 1st ipl RR performance came down down down for every session & its s the right time for wall to prove he s great captain tooo...&its time to see DADA back as captain for pune warriors india...:)

  • on December 4, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    Dravid can be as boring as Misbah and as much a match winner as Tendulkar in big games (hardly!)

  • on December 4, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    very good.All the best RD

  • prince_prashant on December 4, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Great move by RR as Rahul Dravid is genuinely in amazing touch in recent time. He has shown us that he can bat with the strike rate of 141 in his only international T20 match in England with three consecutive sixes. RR will be definitely benefited by his batting and leadership skills..

  • on December 4, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    WHY ARE ALL UPON DRAVID.DRAVID IS THE BEST PLAYER FOR RR.U CAN SEE HE IS THE HIGHEST SCORER FOR RR IN 2011.AND ALSO RCB IN 2008.HE IS A GOOD PLAYER IN T20S.

  • vijendrahere on December 4, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    RD is a true legend. superb decision by RR...Kudos!!!!!

  • xenon555 on December 3, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    Royals are really messed up for retaining Warne. One season of mediocre play for all of that cash?! They could have retained Pathan and gotten some worth from the deal. I guess Dravid is the right choice, but I think Collingwood might be pretty good seeing as he has captained a good T20 team (key is T20).

  • on December 3, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    This is a very good news for RR.. Rahul does not need to prove anything to anybody.. his performance and the recognition from other fellow cricketers tells the story.. all the people who critic him or question his ability.. I don't think you have that capacity.. as a spectator.. we are here to enjoy the game.. let us do that and let the players do their part..

  • on December 3, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Great for the RR, RR is a stupid team. When Shane Warne wanted to play just one more season, what was the sense in retaining him, RR could have built a much better team with the money they wasted on Warne in the 2nd IPL auction.

  • rajachandra on December 3, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    @Vishal Harale's statement:But Never Proved Captainship.... Rahul was the most successful Indian captain overseas. He won away tests in SA, WI and England. Even in ODI he won maximum number of matches . His fiasco was only in world cup that too because of grand failures by Sachin and Dhoni. Also you have Rahul's captain-ship was during the difficult days of Chappel as a coach.

  • Avi56 on December 3, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    this is certainly one of the best moves by the RR team management....The team have a bunch of good indian playersand there is no one else better to lead than mr dependable rahul dravid....

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Its wonderful decision by RR. Dravid deserves that honour. ALL THE BEST the great WALL! ====================== to all those bashers: 1) no long term captain required as - players change every 3 years 2) Let Taylor win 2 matches contsly as captain first somewhere... 3) Watson is still bachacha and not captained anyside...why take risk and load with 3 jobs??? 4) no guarantee on availability of Botha for full series- so ruled out ======================

    Dravid is a team player, committed, selfless, great player, one of the rare gentleman cricketer - he deserves all kudos and due respect =======================

  • Anish143 on December 3, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    love u Rahul, data a correct decision 4m RR, and max harsha watson s nt even equal to 1 % of rahul, better mind ur words before talkin abt rahul again

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Rahul Dravid Proved Everything In His Cricket Life.. Right From Batsman To Wicketkeeper,Played In Every Situation For India.. And Played From Opening To 8th Position. But Never Proved Captainship.. So Now Itz Time To Prove His Captaincy For His Own Respect. All Fans Supporting Him..

  • on December 3, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    @ all who are saying that dravid cannot play t20 or is misfit - u shud seriously start following a sport which u understand... cum on RD...

  • adhib on December 3, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    WHo really cares about IPL

  • on December 3, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    rahul dravid rocks he is better than sachin

  • Sano27 on December 3, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    its a bettr decision....bt i simply cant understand why RR retained Shane Warne after 3rd edition & leaving Yusuf Pathan 4 the auction......now that seems to be the worst one from the RR team management as they loss their captain com coach..

  • on December 3, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    love 2 see u as a captain again.i m vry happy.

  • getgopi on December 3, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Dravid is a very good T20 player but I wonder if Botha might have been a better choice. The decision would also have depended on player availability during the IPL, with some international players set to miss part of the IPL.

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    One good thing about Dravid being a captain of RR is that hes an Indianplayer and i want to see Indians captaining the Indian teams.. the other thing is he isnt adamant and takes inputs from many players.. Hope Greg wont be names as the coach :P

  • Haleos on December 3, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    why does not he gracefully retire? 20-20 is not his format.

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Good and Great News.There will be value for your Leadership quality. All the Best.My wishes to you in Australia and to continue your game.

  • debu_DRAVIDIAN on December 3, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    HATS OFF RD......"the LEGEND of Indian cricket"........@Samit, are you mad???? go to the hail.....

  • SamRoy on December 3, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Now my least liked team will finish in the last 4!

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    I want him to win atleast ipl...

  • on December 3, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    hahahahahahahahahahaha after playing few matches Dravid will lose his place in the team and then Watson can lead the team without any problems.

  • on December 3, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    This seems to be the CURSE in India for all Excellent Individual Contributors in ALL fields. Leadership is a different ball game. It's not everyone's cup of tea !!

  • on December 3, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Johan Botha wud hv been d best option...he is probably one of d better captain in T20...Havin Botha in d team n nt appointin him as a T20 captain is a bizzare decision by RR...

  • on December 3, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Very good decision by Royals management, This year belongs to Mr.Dravid, where he is the highest scorer in the Test arena, he made his debut as T20 player for India ofcourese not to forget retired from shorter version, also ODI's. Congrats Dravid, all ur supporters want you to enjoy a good outing with Royals. Keep the spirit high. Conginue what ur doing at the moment till u call it a day from Cricket. Best of luck master !!!!

  • MENDIS_Forever on December 3, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Rajastan Royals is the only IPL team I didn't give my support.If we consider the 4 editions of the league,all teams included at least one Sri Lankan player(some of them were captaining the teams!) except this RR team.They were never interested in SL players.And I wanted them to lose every match they play.(Sorry).

  • on December 3, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    FUTURE ALL TIME MOST RUN SCORER OF TEST MATCHES,BECOMING IPL CAPTAIN IS NOT SURPRISING ONE.

  • rameshsaarika on December 3, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Great News. hats off to The Wall Rahul Dravid

  • on December 3, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Its chance for RAHUL DRAVID to prove his leadership ability. He proved his batting skills in almost every situation and made many comebacks. Its time for him to change his image abt captaincy and i hope he can do this.... AM a fan of CSK but U r my hero RAHUL... We r behind u.... Come on..!!

  • on December 3, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Hail Rahul Dravid legend! FTW!

  • on December 3, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    wow................................ gud news

  • on December 3, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    worst decision..........................................

  • khiladisher on December 3, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    CONGRATS TO RAHUL ON THE RR CAPTAINCY-EVEN AT THE AGE OF 39 HIS BATTING IS GETTING EVEN MORE BETTER- HE SHOULD ENJOY THE CAPTAINCY AND ALSO SHOW THE WORLD THAT HE IS AS GREAT AT-20 PLAYER AS HE IS IN THE TEST AND ONE DAY FORMAT SCORING ALMOST25000 RUNS ALL OVER THE WORLD.WHAT A LEGEND FOR INDIA!

  • on December 3, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Great batsman, wonderful team player, excellent slip fielder but when it comes to captainship his record is not great and probably that fits to all great batsman except clive lloyd and ricky pointing.Rasthan Royals would have more benefited from the wall as a mainstay batsman rathern than as their captain. By making him captain Royals have put the wall under pressure which l;timately have a strong say on him and the royals.Collingwood have been more suitale for this position. It is not to degrade Dravid but allow him to play freely well.

  • on December 3, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    After Dhoni, Dravid is the most successful India captain .....just look at the records ....lot of overseas wins under him ....wins in England, WI, SA ...

  • on December 3, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Not a bad decision. See you back as skipper Jammy.

  • on December 3, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    its been amazing to see how he has resurrected himself from the lows that hit him few years ago. Lost the captaincy, lost the form and lost the place but then he fought back to were he belongs to " the League". He may not be the best T20 player but the best leader RR can afford. ALL the best RAHUL.

  • on December 3, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Not a bad decision. A selfless Leader is always needed for the team. Good to see you as skipper again Jammy.

  • on December 3, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    that's a great news... its a great honor for him to lead the side... This shows if u r a valuable person u ll be respected without any politics u ll be rewarded for what u r :) ... Thanks Rajasthan Royals for this gesture to a great player :)

  • on December 3, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Not a bad decision. A selfless Leader is always needed for the team. Good to see you as skipper again Jammy.

  • on December 3, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    How long before he hangs up his boots in T20? This is a short term solution. Rajasthan should have focused on grooming someone for a long term prospect. Not sure if this is a great decision.

  • tanstell87 on December 3, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Rahul will prove his captaincy credentials again...!

  • pras167 on December 3, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Dravid ?? Oh No,He is a pon as a batsman and double the paon as captain RR will realize

  • RagsGH on December 3, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Congratulations to Mr. WALL. Wahhhhhhhhh.!!!! It is great to see him as captain. RR Admin team made the right choice. Royal Challengers will be missing him again...!!! He is a fantastic captain and he will take RR to final.!

  • on December 3, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Good player not a good captain Rajasthan made a mistake. Probably Botha or Taylor for captaincy

  • dimni on December 3, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    2012 ipl for RR i hope luv u 'THE WALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL' RD way to goooooooooo repeat the first edition of ipl luv uuuuuuuuuuu RAJASTHAN ROYALSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • RogerC on December 3, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Dravid is great, but Johan Botha makes a better T20 captain and player in the current situation.

  • on December 3, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    FIRST RR HAVE TO BALANCE THEIR SQUAD IN UPCOMING PLAYER AUCTION.

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    The link inside the article appears to be dead guys

  • soumyas on December 3, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    when he was captain of india most of team members didn't play purposely and didn't support him, which every one portrayed as his failure of captaincy.he became a victim of groupism & media... atleast now he got chance to captain a team, so wishing him all the best for new job....u r one of the finest batsmen in the world dravid...kudos...

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    A very hefty decision. Looking forward to see the guys performing under him, hopinf RR to reaching atleast final 4... All the best Rahul!

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Great to see rahul leading a team. I will surley follow every match of RR. He is of the greatest batter cricket ever produced. I am sure this time he will as a great captain. ALL THE BEST GREAT WALL.

  • Vinodha19 on December 3, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    I am huge fan of dravid but more than feeling happy I am afraid of this news bcos dravid lost is form in 2007 bcos of captaincy pressure in WC and also in 2008 IPL. So i want him to play freely in rest of his ending career so we can see some super cricket from him.

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    You made my day ....Wow.....

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Good to see Rahul Dravid-The Wall to captain the team..will be great to watch his captaincy. hope under his captaincy Rajasthan Royals to better to Fight the biggies of IPL...

  • go.hawkeyes on December 3, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    I hope you are not trying to imply anything by linking "proven leadership skills" to a non-existent page. :)

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    All the best rahul.. If Mike Hussey is Mr.Cricket, you are our very own Dr.Cricket..

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    oh again rr will be last as he cant bat now freely even he obvious nt play freely anytime

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Gonna 2 be another happiest day in ma lyf...Want RD to perform at his best.

  • g.jeevan05 on December 3, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    The Wall is Back at his best thanks to RR!!!Dravid will lead RR to greater heights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    True Hero..!!! well treated by RR unlike RCB.

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  • on December 3, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    True Hero..!!! well treated by RR unlike RCB.

  • g.jeevan05 on December 3, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    The Wall is Back at his best thanks to RR!!!Dravid will lead RR to greater heights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Gonna 2 be another happiest day in ma lyf...Want RD to perform at his best.

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    oh again rr will be last as he cant bat now freely even he obvious nt play freely anytime

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    All the best rahul.. If Mike Hussey is Mr.Cricket, you are our very own Dr.Cricket..

  • go.hawkeyes on December 3, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    I hope you are not trying to imply anything by linking "proven leadership skills" to a non-existent page. :)

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Good to see Rahul Dravid-The Wall to captain the team..will be great to watch his captaincy. hope under his captaincy Rajasthan Royals to better to Fight the biggies of IPL...

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    You made my day ....Wow.....

  • Vinodha19 on December 3, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    I am huge fan of dravid but more than feeling happy I am afraid of this news bcos dravid lost is form in 2007 bcos of captaincy pressure in WC and also in 2008 IPL. So i want him to play freely in rest of his ending career so we can see some super cricket from him.

  • on December 3, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Great to see rahul leading a team. I will surley follow every match of RR. He is of the greatest batter cricket ever produced. I am sure this time he will as a great captain. ALL THE BEST GREAT WALL.