Australian all-rounder Shane Watson will lead Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL)-2014. The Royals announced the team on Monday.
Watson, who has been with the team since the IPL began, said he hoped to repeat the team’s 2008 performance, when the team lifted inaugural trophy.
Watson played important role in the team’s success and was adjudged player of the tournament.
Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid, who retired from all forms of cricket in 2013, will be involved as a mentor to guide the youth and talent development initiatives of the franchise, said official sources. “I would like to congratulate Shane Watson on his appointment as the captain of the Royals. He is not only one of the world’s best all-rounders, but a leader par excellence. I am sure the Royals will thrive under Watson’s inspiring leadership,” said Dravid, who captained the team in the past.
Watson said: “I am honoured to lead the Rajasthan Royals, an extraordinary team which has always given me amazing opportunities.
I hope to live up to the confidence shown in me by the franchise and give our fans an exciting season of cricket. I would like to thank our fans for showing trust in me through their votes on the digital medium.