Rajasthan Royals on Monday announced Shane Watson will lead the team in the upcoming Indian Premier League 2014. The Australian all-rounder has been with the Royals since the inaugural season in 2008. Rahul Dravid, who retired from all forms of cricket in 2013, will be the team's mentor and guide youth and talent development initiatives for the franchise.
Under Shane Warne's captaincy, Watson's strong performances helped Rajasthan Royals win the inaugural IPL in 2008. The young Australian displayed his all-round skills and match-winning performances in crucial ties, and eventually was adjudged the Player-of-the-Tournament.
The Queensland-based all-rounder, called Watto by his teammates, continued to play an integral part of the franchise in subsequent editions, and in 2012, he played under former India skipper Rahul Dravid. In IPL 2013, Watson scored his first century in IPL and Twenty20, playing against Chennai Super Kings at MA Chidambaram Stadium. His strong performances continued and subsequently took the team to the play-offs that year, with Watson winning his second Player-of-the-Tournament award.