Rahul Dravid joins Delhi Daredevils as mentor

The India legend will be accompanied by South Africa’s Paddy Upton as the new head coach and former Mumbai opener Zubin Bharucha as the technical director of the side — both also part of the Rajasthan side before it was suspended from the IPL.

Rahul Dravid says he can't wait to get started.   -  Delhi Daredevils

After years of grooming up-and-coming talent at Rajasthan Royals, Rahul Dravid has shifted base to Delhi with Delhi Daredevils naming him mentor of the side for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League on Tuesday.

Announcing the franchise’s technical and support staff, Daredevils chairman Kiran Kumar Grandhi hoped that those in charge would help in the development of the younger players in the side.

The India legend will be accompanied by South Africa’s Paddy Upton as the new head coach and former Mumbai opener Zubin Bharucha as the technical director of the side — both also part of the Rajasthan side before it was suspended from the IPL.

The team began its training, to be on till Friday, for the 2016 season at the TERI ground in Gurgaon on Monday.

“We are privileged to have Dravid joining Delhi Daredevils as a mentor. He brings calm and experience to the dressing room and with a young looking Daredevils squad he will make an immediate impact,” Grandhi said.

The rest of the staff in the Daredevils set-up has been retained, including former India cricketers T.A. Sekar, Pravin Amre, Sridharan Sriram and physios Paul Close and Vaibhav Daga.

“I am excited by the challenge of taking Delhi Daredevils to the next level. I have been impressed by the ambition and energy demonstrated by the team.

“I intend to do everything possible to help build a team that the fans can be proud of,” Dravid said.