Dravid undecided about IPL future

May 22, 2012, 07:47 IST | IANS

Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid has said he is ready to give up his playing role in the side if the management can find a young batsman to open with Ajinkya Rahane in the 2013 season.

Rajasthan Royals ended their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a heavy loss to Mumbai Indians Sunday, finishing seventh in the standings.

Consistent: Dravid scored 462 runs from 16 matches. Pic/AFP

Dravid, however, enjoyed a good season with the bat, scoring 462 runs in 16 games. He and Rahane ended up as the most successful opening combination in the tournament.
Talking about his future participation in the IPL, the 39-year-old said he would take a call after discussing it family and the team management.

“I have not really decided on my future as yet. I have got a break now so I will get the time to think about it (future). I will sit down with my family and discuss with them, discuss with the RR management and the owners,” said Dravid after the team’s final league game of IPL-V.

Dravid said he was open to mentoring the team if it found a suitable top-order batsman for the next season. “My role is to develop some good youngsters in the side. We have got good players in the middle order in (Ashok) Menaria and (Stuart) Binny and they will only get better with experience.

“But at the top of the order, we need to find a good young player to bat with Rahane. There are couples of guys who are not getting enough opportunities in the other franchises. We are looking at them and hopefully we can attract them to the franchise. If that happens I will be happy to step aside and make way for the youngster.”

Asked about his highlights of the season, Dravid said: “Rahane’s batting was sensational. (Siddharth) Trivedi again proved handy with the ball. Menaria & Binny continue to grow,” he said.  

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