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  • POSTED BY soumyas on | March 14, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Australian cricketers are getting the credits they deserved which they didn't get when playing for their nation...lot of Indian cricketers are also getting the credits back in IPL which were due for them in when playing for nation...good to see, one of the positives of IPL.

  • POSTED BY SidsIPLTeam on | March 11, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Debatable decision by the RR Mgmt. Watson, no doubt, is their best player & has the best profile which might have influenced this call. However, he is moody and temperamental, which is not good for a captain. To add to that he hasn't really been a big match player for RR in the recent IPL Seasons and his nerves will be tested in tough situations. I think Steven Smith could've been considered, given he's won the Big Bash before. That would have also taken away the extra responsibility from the already burdened Watson. One may argue that he may not get a permanent place in the side - but really?? He's one of the best finishers in the world and they could've easily rotated Hodge/Southee/Cooper & Faulkner (who may not be as useful a striker in spinning conditions like we saw last time round & is usually very expensive with the ball).

  • POSTED BY narwa on | March 11, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Hodge/Smith both would have been a better choice but they will be competing each other for a place in playing 11. Hence good choice.

  • POSTED BY Abhishek58 on | March 11, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Watson is the best player in RR squad and is very experienced player of the team. So it is great decision to make him the captain....

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    Talk of smith being a future aus captain makes me ill!!!

  • POSTED BY vroom84 on | March 10, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    Playing 11 should be : Rahane Chand Samson Watson (C) Binny Hodge Faulkner Bhatia Southee / Cooper Tambe Malik

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    he can be a good option for leading the team but his main concern is his fitness..

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | March 10, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    RR is one of those teams that will be loved for their sheer will power! Watto is a good choice based on the fact that he has been with the team from the very first year! He is as synced with RR as Malinga is with Mumbai! With Rahul Dravid as their mentor, there will be much excitement on store for RR fans! Hoping for an interesting IPL season as I feel this time - all teams are equally matched - anyone can be the winner of IPL Season 7

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Feels smith is a better potential leader then watto, but watson and faulkner seems to be only 2 overseas player who have a guaranteed place in playing XI. Wont be surprised if we see smith leading in coming editions, once he settle down at RR Camp.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | March 10, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    In the absence of Rahul, I think this is a fair call. Watson is a good all rounder and a must in the Playing XI, he has captained Aus in the past as well. So I think Its a good decision.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Watto is the very right choice to lead RR.He is with the very same Franchise right from 2008 and was part of that Winning Outfit as well. He has built up a close rapport ie so assiduously built up over the years, with his Team mates and his all- round potential will help the Team to scale newer heights.

    Rahul as a seasoned campaigner is available handy as a mentor. So keeping aside the logjam or imbroglio, which was the Team got messed up after IPL 6th Edition, let him lead the team to its logical conclusion, with the confidence reposed on him !,

  • POSTED BY Abdul319 on | March 10, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    hodge or even smith would be better options as watson now has the responsibility of batting, bowling and leading the team

  • POSTED BY Dagur on | March 10, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    A sensible decision. However, Watson is on decline now and may not be able to repeat his earlier performance this time.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | March 10, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    RR should have appointed Ajinkya Rahane as captain...so another there would have been candidate alongside Virat, Rohit & Pujara for future captaincy of Indian team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Shane Watson any time is a captaincy man. Slow realization

  • POSTED BY usapsunil on | March 10, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    missed opportunity buy AUS is taken by RR, watto is best batsman and allrounder ...auses will never understand it ... Watto rocks ..and this time RR will win IPL ....

  • POSTED BY sundersingh on | March 10, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    australian player as captain will be effective...HALA BOL! GO RR GO..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    I think watson was the best available choice as there wasn't any other big name in the RR squad who could have taken over the captaincy job...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    I think Only watson was suitable for this job as there wasn't any other big name in RR squad who could have taken this job

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    I think RR had no other option

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    I think it is the best strategy as far as RR is concerned becoz watson is the only who has been with the team for all seasons.So he best knows the RR team than amybody else...

  • POSTED BY brainvin on | March 10, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Watson is the best all-rounder after Sobers, he should be Aus captain in the absence of Clarke and bat at no.3 in tests..he has not done as badly as he has been projected at no.3, even Ian Chappel has suggested the same..a no.3 bat should bat with freedom n Shane has all the abilities to bat at no.3

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | March 10, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Watto is a great player but he is injury prone and have international commitment in future during IPL. I think RR should have given the captaincy to Rahane or Hodge

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | March 10, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Very good decision. Congratulations to Watson on his appointment as the Captain of RR. Way to go. Halla bol halla bol.......

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Nice decision. I think it's good for Rahane to learn more international trick and focus on his own batting.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Late decision but good decision..its time to prove the captaincy still for wattttson..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    The undisputed king [SHANE WATSON] of T20 with both bat n ball is back big time. BANG BANG. Really excited for this season

  • POSTED BY mthw on | March 10, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    @laki1993... Are you sure you are talking about Shane Watson? "terrific cricketer, team player, plays hard, very humble and respectful off the field" are not usually words I would use to describe the former Australian vice captain.

  • POSTED BY scarrule on | March 10, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Its a shame, he is not utilised in proper manner by australia. He is game changer atleast in odi and T20. He always plays under pressure of being replaced and his result shows that. Under free environment like of RR. This guys flourish and last year he was pepsi most valuable player of ipl after gayle.

  • POSTED BY thinkgood on | March 10, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Why not Ajinkya Rahane? I think the SA venue must have played its role in this decision.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 10, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    I think rr had no othr option. They hv inexperienced Ind players. And out of all foreign players, only watson n faulkner are automatic choices in playing XI. So former is the best option rr have. I hope Indian youngsters learn from him n other veterans like Hodge. GOOD LUCK.

    Also in future I wld like to see Rahane captaining RR. He possesses the most important ingredient to be a good captain n tht is PATIENCE with cool head.

  • POSTED BY slackers11 on | March 10, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    its a very bad move from Rajasthan Royals....SW is by far the most foul mouthed and disrespectful of the current generation of cricketers and his captaincy will definitely affect RR in a bad way. Brad Hodge would have been a much better choice.

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | March 10, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Shane Watson has always been a committed cricketer, he has always been under utilised by Micheal Clarke, the day Watson loses a bit of form he is going to get the boot by Clarke, this constant focus on performance is not going to be there when he leads RR in IPL so we all expect him to perform great this season. Watson single handedly can change the coursre of any game, he is far superior than Kallis who just chews up balls & make the lower order batsmen's task even more difficult.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Where is it happening? Will this happen this time? Just under a month to go?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    halla bol RAJASTHAN ROYALS

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | March 10, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Interesting decision. Looking at the squad, you can say that Watson is their only choice. Rahane is too inexperienced to captain even the Mumbai Ranji team, forget about RR. Their only other possible option might have been Hodge who is a doubtful starter in the playing XI, given that the squad consists of overseas players like Faulkner, Cooper, S.Smith and Southee, apart from Watson.

  • POSTED BY KKCkkc on | March 10, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Its good idea. Watson is the good roll of the RR. I expect he will done a very good job.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    @Ankur.....I think your forgetting that Shane Watson has in fact captained Australia

  • POSTED BY Laki1993 on | March 10, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Shane Watson fully deserves this accolade. A terrific cricketer, team player, plays hard but also very humble and respectful off the field.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    One more thing u guys are forgetting...Shane Warne never captained Australia....he was even never considered as captain material...but whole world knows what miracle he did while captaining RR

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Guys Watson is gonna play each match...while Hodge may not play every match as Steven Smith gives him a tough competition....4 foreign players should be Watson... Faulkner...Hodge/Steven Smith.....Southee/Ben Cutting/Kevon Cooper

  • POSTED BY RRPratyush on | March 10, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    "Rahane and hodge supporters" dont forget that watson had been the vice captain of Australian team for a long time.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    it is a good call, he is a experience player in the line up with hodge

  • POSTED BY Sharat Ojha on | March 10, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    He is always been the best player for RR and I think he might bring that extra energy in RR's team which is always being a pack of under rated players. :) Hoping that his captaincy will bring revolution in this team and they will perform well. All the best "Shane Watson"... my all time favorite Allrounder.

  • POSTED BY juzermb on | March 10, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Watson is a brilliant all-rounder, a must amongst the 4 players allowed per team. His aggression with other Aussies in the RR will pay off ....

  • POSTED BY vipinchirackal on | March 10, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    undoubtedly an excellent decision.he can create wonder with the players like rahane,binny and samson.having a short tempered captain wont be a hindrance on the path of the team.ganguly is the best example.besided that they have the coolest mentor in the history of cricket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    probably hodge wud be better captain dan watto watto z a dynamic player but he is far being a captain material still who cares im a dd fan go dd go

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 10, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Watson could be a good choice only if he survives with his fitness in such a hectic schedule. Rahane should have been given the opportunity as IPL should focus on more benefits to India and rather than our competitors.

  • POSTED BY Darkmanx12155 on | March 10, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    BAD call. Watto is a good all rounder but not a captain material. Brad Hodge would have been the ideal choise.. Hope RR wont suffer.... LOVE U RR.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | March 10, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    I believe Rahane is still too young to lead the side and frankly he should be nurtured into it. He has some great mentors like Dravid and Hodge, and should take on a vice-captain role to prepare himself. Watson on the other hand, while before the auction seemed the appropriate choice, is not the one I would've picked. Ideally, hodge should be captain, as he is the most experienced. However, he is also quite old and might not be around for too long. Thus, Steven Smith would've been an excellent choice. He already leads the Sydney Sixers and took them to both the BBL and CLT20 championships. He is also touted to replace Clarke as Australia's captain. I feel that Watson should not be burdened with captaincy and allowed to play freely. Smith can absorb pressure and is a fantastic player to boot. Who knows though, Watson could be good in this role.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Rahane looked vice captain while dravid is captaining RR.. Rahane involved in lot of decisions..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    good choice RR He can give u The IPL's World cup

  • POSTED BY bjcm12 on | March 10, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Who is Rahane compared to Watson - a good move by RR.

  • POSTED BY Mob1le on | March 10, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    good choice but rahane is also a good option because he is indian and more cool than watto. watson feel the pressure early and cant control his heat.Anyways wish him.and rajasthan royal team good luck

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    best man ot lead rajasthan royal watson is great player

  • POSTED BY RDBX on | March 10, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    An Indian capt. would have been better I guess, now one of the four overseas player will be Watson in every game, he performs or not.

    On the other hand, none of the Indians in RR looks experienced enough to captain the side, phew! I don't know but its like a 50-50 decision in my view and could have gone either way.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 10, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    He had great ipl seasons since he joined Rajasthan Royals and he is back bone of Rajasthan Royals.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    With that emphatic record in Indian Premier League, Watson clearly deserved it. Been a loyal soldier to Royals for 6 years, would be interesting to see how he takes up this challenge after the void that Dravid left.

  • POSTED BY Saumen on | March 10, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Why not Ajinkya Rahane? He should also have got some experience this and an option of future Indian captain will also have got fulfilled so as to replacement for Virat who can lead the side in future. Watto as a captain will not be able to play freely as captaincy adds to the pressure and he hasn't performed good while leading a side.

    Seriously, I want to see Rahane leading the Indian side some day. :)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    This was an expected call from the RR management. Lets see how Watto responds to this new challenge of managing more than himself, that too under a calm and composed RR management team having Rahul and co.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    but lot of many voted for rahane

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  • POSTED BY soumyas on | March 14, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Australian cricketers are getting the credits they deserved which they didn't get when playing for their nation...lot of Indian cricketers are also getting the credits back in IPL which were due for them in when playing for nation...good to see, one of the positives of IPL.

  • POSTED BY SidsIPLTeam on | March 11, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Debatable decision by the RR Mgmt. Watson, no doubt, is their best player & has the best profile which might have influenced this call. However, he is moody and temperamental, which is not good for a captain. To add to that he hasn't really been a big match player for RR in the recent IPL Seasons and his nerves will be tested in tough situations. I think Steven Smith could've been considered, given he's won the Big Bash before. That would have also taken away the extra responsibility from the already burdened Watson. One may argue that he may not get a permanent place in the side - but really?? He's one of the best finishers in the world and they could've easily rotated Hodge/Southee/Cooper & Faulkner (who may not be as useful a striker in spinning conditions like we saw last time round & is usually very expensive with the ball).

  • POSTED BY narwa on | March 11, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Hodge/Smith both would have been a better choice but they will be competing each other for a place in playing 11. Hence good choice.

  • POSTED BY Abhishek58 on | March 11, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Watson is the best player in RR squad and is very experienced player of the team. So it is great decision to make him the captain....

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    Talk of smith being a future aus captain makes me ill!!!

  • POSTED BY vroom84 on | March 10, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    Playing 11 should be : Rahane Chand Samson Watson (C) Binny Hodge Faulkner Bhatia Southee / Cooper Tambe Malik

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    he can be a good option for leading the team but his main concern is his fitness..

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | March 10, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    RR is one of those teams that will be loved for their sheer will power! Watto is a good choice based on the fact that he has been with the team from the very first year! He is as synced with RR as Malinga is with Mumbai! With Rahul Dravid as their mentor, there will be much excitement on store for RR fans! Hoping for an interesting IPL season as I feel this time - all teams are equally matched - anyone can be the winner of IPL Season 7

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Feels smith is a better potential leader then watto, but watson and faulkner seems to be only 2 overseas player who have a guaranteed place in playing XI. Wont be surprised if we see smith leading in coming editions, once he settle down at RR Camp.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | March 10, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    In the absence of Rahul, I think this is a fair call. Watson is a good all rounder and a must in the Playing XI, he has captained Aus in the past as well. So I think Its a good decision.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    but lot of many voted for rahane

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    This was an expected call from the RR management. Lets see how Watto responds to this new challenge of managing more than himself, that too under a calm and composed RR management team having Rahul and co.

  • POSTED BY Saumen on | March 10, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Why not Ajinkya Rahane? He should also have got some experience this and an option of future Indian captain will also have got fulfilled so as to replacement for Virat who can lead the side in future. Watto as a captain will not be able to play freely as captaincy adds to the pressure and he hasn't performed good while leading a side.

    Seriously, I want to see Rahane leading the Indian side some day. :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    With that emphatic record in Indian Premier League, Watson clearly deserved it. Been a loyal soldier to Royals for 6 years, would be interesting to see how he takes up this challenge after the void that Dravid left.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 10, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    He had great ipl seasons since he joined Rajasthan Royals and he is back bone of Rajasthan Royals.

  • POSTED BY RDBX on | March 10, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    An Indian capt. would have been better I guess, now one of the four overseas player will be Watson in every game, he performs or not.

    On the other hand, none of the Indians in RR looks experienced enough to captain the side, phew! I don't know but its like a 50-50 decision in my view and could have gone either way.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 10, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    best man ot lead rajasthan royal watson is great player

  • POSTED BY Mob1le on | March 10, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    good choice but rahane is also a good option because he is indian and more cool than watto. watson feel the pressure early and cant control his heat.Anyways wish him.and rajasthan royal team good luck

  • POSTED BY bjcm12 on | March 10, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Who is Rahane compared to Watson - a good move by RR.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    good choice RR He can give u The IPL's World cup

IPL 2014 news March 10, 2014

Watson to lead Rajasthan Royals

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Shane Watson has been appointed captain of Rajasthan Royals for the 2014 edition of the IPL. Watson will take over from Rahul Dravid, who retired from all forms of cricket after leading Royals to the Champions League T20 final in October 2013. Dravid formed one-third of the core group that settled on the decision, along with head coach Paddy Upton and Royals CEO Raghu Iyer.

Watson has been with Royals from the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008, and was one of the five players retained by the franchise for this year's tournament. He has represented them in 61 matches, the second-most after Siddharth Trivedi. He has scored 1887 runs for his franchise at an average of 38.51 and a strike-rate of 143.82, and has also taken 54 wickets at an economy-rate of 7.27. Watson was instrumental in Royals' title win in 2008 and was named Player of the Tournament for his 472 runs and 17 wickets.

"I am honoured to lead the Rajasthan Royals, an extraordinary team which has always given me amazing opportunities," Watson said. "My aim will be to continue playing our best cricket and maintain the winning momentum. We all want to repeat the 2008 IPL success and last season, we were quite close to that. I am confident that we can do it again"

Dravid will continue to be involved with Royals in a mentoring role, and will guide youth and talent development initiatives for the franchise. "Watson has been with the team since the first season and is familiar with the players and the staff," he said. "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 Watson's inspiring leadership."