Paddy Upton | Paddy Upton reveals Rajasthan Royals owners not spent money to acquire the best players
Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton (Photo Credits – BCCI)
- Paddy Upton has been the hat coach of Rajasthan Royals
- Upton became the coach of Rajasthan in the year 2013.
- He worked with Dravid in his time
Former Rajasthan Royals (RR) head coach Paddy Upton recently spoke candidly about his stint with the franchise. He described his experience of working with Rahul Dravid as wonderful and on the other hand also revealed a deep secret related to the operation of the team. Upton became the head coach of Rajasthan in IPL 2013. At the same time, after retiring Dravid was working as a mentor with the team. The duo did a great job together and helped Rajasthan reach the playoffs twice out of three seasons.
After winning the first IPL title in the year 2008, the Rajasthan team had to struggle a lot. The team even failed to make it to the playoffs for four consecutive seasons. The team was finding it difficult to compete with other franchises including Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Upton has blamed the owners for the team’s hard struggle at that time. He revealed that the team owners did not spend all the money in the BEST auction, so BEST players were not bought.
‘Not given full quota of money for auction’
Paddy Upton in a conversation with Sportskeeda said, “When I joined Rajasthan Royals in 2013, they were in sixth place. It had been almost four years since winning the first season. The team was lagging behind the other teams for a long time. The reason for this was that the owners did not give the full quota of money for the auction. We had only half our quota of money. Upton further said, “So the Royals had to use a strategy of looking for younger and more promising players, because we did not have the money to buy big name players. That’s why we adopted a strategy to rope in the best players from amongst the youngsters.
Tresco holds 44.2% stake in the team
Let us tell you that Rajasthan Royals was the cheapest team in the league when it was acquired by Emerging Media in 2008 for $67 million. From 2009-2013, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra were the co-owners of the team. Presently Manoj Badale of Emerging Media Ltd holds 32.4% stake in the franchise while Tresco International Ltd of Ameesha Hathiramani holds 44.2% stake in the team. At the same time, Lachlan Murdoch of Blue Water Estate holds an 11.7% stake.
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