#IPL: Delhi Daredevils appoint coach Paddy Upton and mentor Rahul Dravid

Delhi Daredevils have appointed Sydney Thunder coach Paddy Upton as head coach and Rahul Dravid as team mentor to lead their charge to Indian Premier League glory in 2016.

CZ9eiYrWEAAMPhpThe IPL franchise have also recruited former Indian captain Rahul Dravid as a team mentor to work alongside Upton, who led Thunder to their first Big Bash crown in January.

The 47-year-old South African was in charge of the now defunct Rajasthan Royals for the last two IPL seasons.

“Paddy has had a successful career as head coach for T20 franchises around the world,” Delhi Daredevils Business Chairman Kiran Kumar Grandhi told ipl.com. “This was most visible in the recently concluded Big Bash League, as he guided Sydney Thunder to their maiden title. He has grown in stature since starting as a trainer to being the mental conditioning coach of the Indian squad.

“We are privileged to have Rahul joining Delhi Daredevils as a mentor,” he added. “His deeds as a player are legendary. Now in his post-retirement phase Rahul has taken up the arduous tasks of guiding India A and India Under-19 squads. He has made an instant impact in his new avatar too.”

Dravid said he was thrilled to be named as mentor of the side: “I am very excited by the challenge of taking Delhi Daredevils on to the next level,” Dravid said. “I have been impressed by the ambition and energy demonstrated by the team and I look forward to working with a group of players that I believe have what it takes to succeed.”

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