Dravid to assist Upton at the Daredevils


India legend Rahul Dravid has been appointed as a team mentor with the Delhi Daredevils, and will assist new head coach Paddy Upton at the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise.

Dravid and Upton worked together at the Rajasthan Royals, who were suspended from the IPL for two years for corruption activities.

The 43-year-old Dravid said: "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.

"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."

Upton will take over the head coaching role after his South African compatriot Gary Kirsten was relieved of his duties after the Daredevils finished last and second last in the eight-team tournament for the past two seasons.

Also a former India assistant coach, Upton is one of the most sought after mentor's in the shortest format after guiding the Sydney Thunder to the Big Bash League title in Australia this year.

Upton said: "I relish the privilege to work again with Rahul, and to have the opportunity to do so at a franchise like Delhi Daredevils.

"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."