Indian batsman Rahul Dravid was on Saturday named captain of the Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals, replacing Australian spin legend Shane Warne, who quit the IPL after the fourth edition.
“…gotta make another huge announcement, the new captain for Rajasthan Royals..Proud 2 have Rahul Dravid head the team this season,” tweeted Rajasthan’s co-owner Shilpa Shetty.
“So its Official now! The ‘Wall’ it is; Congratulations Rahul, am sure you will make us all very proud at RR..Go Royals,” Shilpa added.
Dravid, who was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore for the first three years, was bought by the Rajasthan team for USD 500,000 in the players’ auction before the start of IPL 4 this year. He scored 343 runs at an average of 31 in 12 matches in his debut season for the Royals this year.
“It is lovely to be back after my first season and it would a privilege and honour to lead a side which has a bunch of talented youngsters. I had enjoyed my last stint with the Royals and I am excited and looking forward to lead the side,” Dravid said.
The fifth edition of the Twenty20 league will be played from April 4 to May 27 next year.