Watson to lead Royals in IPL

Rajasthan Royals appointed star Australian all-rounder Shane Watson the captain of the Jaipur franchise for the upcoming Indian Premier League in place of the retired Rahul Dravid.

Former India captain Dravid, who retired from all forms of cricket last year, will be involved in all aspects of cricket strategy - mentoring the team and guiding youth and talent development initiatives for the franchise, Royals announced here on Monday.
“I am honoured to lead the Rajasthan Royals, an extraordinary team which has always given me amazing opportunities,” said the 32-year-old Australian on his new appointment for the upcoming IPL season scheduled to start next month.

“(Compatriot) Shane Warne and Rahul Dravid had a lot of faith in me while they were captains and gave me opportunities that helped improve my cricket. I hope to live up to the confidence shown in me by the franchise and give our fans an exciting season of cricket,” he said.

“I would like to thank our fans for showing trust in me through their votes on the digital medium. The Royals are one big family and I feel very privileged to be a part of such a special franchise,” he added about the franchise’s initiative.

“My aim will be to continue playing our best cricket and maintain the winning momentum,” he said.

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