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Delhi Daredevils rope in Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton

Delhi Daredevils rope in Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton
Rahul Dravid (centre) in a press conference organised by the Delhi Daredevils.
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The Delhi Daredevils franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has appointed Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton as mentor and head coach respectively for the upcoming season of the tournament.

Both Dravid and Upton were part of the coaching staff of the Rajasthan Royals franchise, which has been suspended for two seasons.

Former Mumbai batsman Zubin Bharucha has also been appointed as the technical director of the side.

Bharucha, like Dravid and Upton was also part of the Rajasthan Royals team management and served as the director of cricket.

Pravin Amre and Sridharan Sriram have been retained as the batting coaches along with TA Sekhar, who is the bowling consultant.

Speaking about his role with the Delhi Daredevils, Dravid said that he is excited to work with the franchise as there are a number of young and talented players in the squad.

"It is an exciting opportunity," said Dravid.

"I have never had the opportunity to play for Delhi but have played against them and coached against them, and you always looked (at) them and thought there is so much potential.

"From what I see, the Daredevils have assembled a young and exciting squad and along with the support staff, I am hoping for a successful season." 

However, the former India captain refused to comment if the role was a long term one and stated that he is first focusing on the season ahead.

“Everything is dependent on a lot of things so we will take one step at a time.

“As of now, I am looking forward to the next three months and we will take the future as it comes.”

Stating that it was a privilege to team up with Dravid and Bharucha once again, Upton is looking forward for the upcoming IPL season with the Delhi Daredevils.

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

"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."

In January, Upton has led the Sydney Thunder to the title in the 2015-16 Big Bash League as the head coach of the franchise.

Dravid on the other hand oversaw the journey of the India Under-19 side as they finished as the runners up in the ICC U-19 World Cup.

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