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IPL Desk in Mumbai 10 March 2012 - 04:17pm IST

Dravid was my first choice: Kundra

RR co-owner says Dravid will captain, coach, mentor side

We may not get to see Rahul Dravid in the India blues anymore but we’ll still have a glimpse of the genius as he puts on the blue and gold jersey for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2012. Dravid will lead the side at the fifth edition of the tournament beginning April 4.

"Rahul Dravid will be the coach and the mentor as far as the team is concerned," Royals co-owner Raj Kundra was quoted as saying.

"He was my first choice when the board sat down and said, ‘Who do you want as captain?’ We had to make the decision. I had only one name and that was Rahul Dravid," Kundra added.

Dravid, who has taken over the mantle from the Australian spin wizard Shane Warne, served Indian cricket for 16 glorious years before calling it a day on March 9. He ended his international career as the second-highest run-getter and with the highest number of catches in Tests to his credit.

"He is someone the Indian players look up to and the international players respect. He is a role model. He is very calm and collected," Kundra said.

"This year we have given him a decent team as per his requirements. We have some great players. I hope he gives us the result we had in season one."

Dravid scored 343 runs in 12 matches in his first season with RR in 2011 and has a total of 1241 runs from 55 games in the IPL.

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