Indian batsman RahulDravid was named captain of the Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals , filling up a post left vacant by retired Australian spin legend Shane Warne earlier this year.
The 38-year-old Dravid was bought by the Royals for $500,000 in the players' auction this year after playing three seasons with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Dravid, who is being bestowed with the 'Polly Umrigar Award for India's best cricketer of 2010-11' by the BCCI, has had a great year in which he has scored 1,258 runs in 15 Tests, including six centuries.
"I am honoured to lead the Rajasthan Royals. I hope to live up to the confidence shown in me by the franchise and give our fans an exciting season of cricket. I look forward to the valuable inputs from my team mates who are already leading their national sides and clubs," Dravid said here after the announcement.
The fifth edition of the Twenty20 league will be played from April 4 to May 27 next year.
Rajasthan were without a captain after Warne announced his retirement from the IPL in May this year.