Dravid may be appointed Royals' mentor

Royals' coach Paddy Upton said Shane Watson is likely to be the franchise's new captain.

Rahul Dravid played his last match in competitive cricket on Sunday, but his association with Rajasthan Royals, however, isn't likely to end just yet. Dravid didn't have a fairy tale finish that he deserved as Royals were beaten by Mumbai Indians in the final of the 2013 Champions League Twenty20.

Dravid pushed himself down the order and came out to bat at No. 8 in Royals' pursuit of the daunting target of 203 in the CLT20 final; but was clean bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile for 1 in the pursuit of quick runs.

Royals' coach Paddy Upton hinted that the franchise could bring Dravid back on board as a mentor because the former India captain has been integral to the way that the team has set things up.

Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar ahead of CLT20 Final between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, in Delhi on Oct. 6, 2013.
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"Rahul has been very integral to the way we have set things up at Royals. He is very approachable and we would very much like to have him involved going forward in some way or the other," Upton was quoted as saying by Cricketnext.

Upton also pointed to Dravid's selfless nature as he again put the team's interests ahead of his own against Mumbai Indians. "It's a testimony to the kind of person Rahul is. He said that when we are chasing 12 to 15 runs an over, it makes sense to put other people who are more equipped to do it ahead of him. He was playing his last game, but he put the team ahead of himself," Upton said.

Asked about Dravid's successor as Royals' captain, Upton said Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, who epitomises the franchise's spirit, is likely to take over from the former India skipper. "He is incredibly good with the younger players and is someone who bridges all the gaps in terms of the diversity of players we have...Maybe there will be someone else, but he would be a candidate [to become captain]."