IPL news March 1, 2016

Dravid mentor, Upton head coach at Daredevils

ESPNcricinfo staff

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'Great to be part of a young, exciting team' - Dravid

Former India captain Rahul Dravid has been appointed team mentor of Delhi Daredevils. Dravid will head a refurbished coaching bench at Daredevils, who have also hired former South Africa and India assistant coach Paddy Upton as head coach.

Dravid and Upton will work with a team of assistants: Zubin Bharucha (technical director), former India batsmen Sridharan Sriram and Praveen Amre (batting coaches), and former Tamil Nadu and India fast bowler TA Sekhar (bowling consultant).

"I am very excited by the challenge of taking Delhi Daredevils on to the next level. From what I have seen I have been impressed by the ambition and energy demonstrated by the team and I look forward to working with a group of players that I believe have what it takes to succeed," Dravid said.

"Along with the rest of the support staff, I am fully aware of what this franchise means to its supporters and I intend to do everything possible to help build a team that the fans can be proud of."

The franchise was forced to ring in changes to the coaching staff once former South Africa batsman and coach Gary Kirsten's three-year contract was terminated after two seasons. Under Kirsten, who took charge in September 2013, Daredevils finished bottom of the table in IPL 2014 and second from the bottom last year. Daredevils also axed Kirsten's assistant Rob Walters, who was the trainer.

Incidentally, the trio of Dravid, Upton and Bharucha were part of the core team at Rajasthan Royals, which has been suspended for two seasons by the Lodha Committee. In 2014, having served as captain in previous seasons, Dravid assumed the role of team director cum mentor at Royals. In the 28 matches Dravid oversaw, the franchise won 13 matches and lost 12, with two ties and one no result.

One of the most sought after coaches in the T20 format, Upton recently won the Big Bash League with Sydney Thunder, before also coaching Lahore Qalandars in the inaugural Pakistan Super League.

"I relish the privilege to work again with Rahul and Zubin, and to have the opportunity to do so at a franchise like Delhi Daredevils," Upton said. "I am constantly learning about the Twenty20 format as I move around the world, and look forward to applying and furthering this knowledge at the coming IPL season with Delhi."

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  • PRATEEK on March 3, 2016, 19:35 GMT

    Some all round buys finally for DD, with Dravid on board and youngsters around lets see what happens this year. My playing 11 de kock, iyer , samson , duminy, nair, negi , morris , brathwaite/coulter nile/tahir ,yadav/ nadeem , zaheer/shami , mishra ...nadeem tahir in spinning tracks and coulter nile zaheer morris shami on green tracks.

  • Vishwa on March 2, 2016, 13:17 GMT

    All the best Dravid, for sure DD will get highest ROI from its young set of talented players.

  • Manan on March 2, 2016, 13:04 GMT

    1)M Agrawal 2) S Iyer 3) K Nair 4) S Samson 5) R Pant 6) Braithwaite 7) C Moris 8) Albie Morkal 9) N coulter 10) P Negi 11) Shami ahmed/Amit mishra.

    Long batting line up and exiting talent.

  • Nirmal on March 2, 2016, 12:42 GMT

    He did great job as India U19 coach, I think he should be given responsibility of senior team.

  • K.P.S. on March 2, 2016, 9:37 GMT

    DD Franchisee is the most stupid of all the IPL Franchisees. Except Dhoni, Gayle, Kohli, Smith, most of the other IPL Stalwarts like, Sehwag, Warner, AB Devilliers, McGrath, Gambhir, Dhawan, Jaywardhene, Pieterson, Kartik, Nehra, Morkel,Soab Malik, Miller, Maxwell, Finch, Travis Bird have played for DD. DD had thrown all these players out in the past by constantly indulging in the aimless chopping and changing without letting the team create its Identity and Support base as the others especially, MI ,CSK, KKR and RCB have done so successfully. DD is the only team never to have a Mentor, Batting Coach and any Celebrity as its Brand Ambassador. At least, now they have a suitable Coaching team at least but DD's pickings at the recent Auction have been poor leaving DD as the weakest team in the Tournament.

  •   Anand Thiyagarajan on March 2, 2016, 8:21 GMT

    DD's every move in auction clearly showed, who gonna join the team soon!!! I'm the fan of DD from last evening onwards... Becaz Our own THE WALL on DD side!!!

  • mahesh on March 2, 2016, 7:44 GMT

    Rahul Dravid, the perfect GURU for younsters like DD team... All the best DD and RAHUL JI........my playing 11 are.. de Kock, Agarwal, Iyer, Nair, JPD(C), Samson(WK), Morris, Negi, Coulter-Nail, Mishra, Zaheer/Shami... deKock and awarwal will be the destructive openers.. and iyer and kaur will be the perfect middle order.. and JPD, Samson, Morris and negi will be the lower order with power hitters... fast bowling attack with coulternail, morris, zaheer/shami... spin will be mishra, negi and JPD.... ballenced team....

  • rakesh on March 2, 2016, 7:26 GMT

    After series of wrong decisions finally a correct one.

  •   Murali Krishna Challagolla on March 2, 2016, 6:25 GMT

    well done Delhi Daredevils

  • swati on March 2, 2016, 5:51 GMT

    DD is more like a junior team challenging senior teams. Apart from Duminy all are very young players. Proper XI should be decock, Iyer, Samson, nair, Duminy, braithwaite, Morris, Negi, J Yadav, Mishra, Ahmed/ Zaheer/Shami. Braithwaite, Morris, Ahmed taking the fast bowling duties, Mishra leg spinner, Negi left arm spinner, Yadav off spinner. Team do have balance question is do they have match winners apart from de cock.

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