Rahul Dravid is a busy man nowadays. After his successful stint as a coach to Under-19 and India ‘A’ teams, the legendary cricketer is prepping himself for IPL 2016. Dravid, who was closely associated with Rajasthan Royals until last year, will be seen donning a different jersey this time. He has been roped in, along with coach Paddy Upton, to mentor the Delhi Daredevils team; a fist-pump moment for Daredevils and Dravid fans.
After his retirement from international cricket in the year 2012, the former Indian captain steered a firm devotion towards molding youngsters and carving their skills. In the process, he evolved as a fine tutor and mentor himself. His association with the former South African cricketer and leadership coach Paddy Upton goes back to their Rajasthan Royals days. The duo, once again, has come together to pilot the team of Delhi Daredevils in the upcoming Indian Premiere League.
The Dravid-Upton combination has worked wonders for the Rajasthan Royals, and the Delhi Daredevils franchise hopes to benefit from their experience and expertise. On appointment, Dravid said he had a “very special time” at Rajasthan Royals and still “feels connected” to the team, but is eager and ready to be a part of a “young and exciting” team.
Despite big names and stellar performances, the Delhi Daredevils has not had an equally successful season. The previous three seasons were disappointing, but all that is going to change this year, we Dilli walas hope.
Rahul Dravid, the maestro, will bring his cricketing wisdom and years of know-how to sculpt a fresh team. The management hopes Mr Dependable will coxswain them from a sour past. Rahul Dravid has been credited with building a young team, brick by brick, challenging his own thinking and blending old-world classism with new age cricket.
Delhi commends the management’s decision to bring in a luminary like Dravid, and hopes to see more of Daredevil cricket this season.
“Tough times don’t last. Tough people do”