Rajasthan Royals, on Monday, officially announced that Watson will skipper the side this year. Watson will replace Rahul Dravid, who bid adieu to IPL last year. However, Dravid will be with the franchise as a mentor.
Watson said, "I am honoured to lead the Rajasthan Royals, an extraordinary team which has always given me amazing opportunities. Shane Warne and Rahul Dravid had a lot of faith in me while they were captains and gave me opportunities that helped improve my cricket.
"I hope to live up to the confidence shown in me by the franchise and give our fans an exciting season of cricket. I would like to thank our fans for showing trust in me through their votes on the digital medium. The Royals are one big family and I feel very privileged to be a part of such a special franchise."
"My aim will be to continue playing our best cricket and maintain the winning momentum. We all want to repeat the 2008 IPL success and last season, we were quite close to that. I am confident that we can do it again," Watson added.
Dravid said: "I would like to congratulate Shane Watson on his appointment as the captain of the Royals. He is not only one of the world's best allrounders, but a leader par excellence.
"Watson has been with the team since the first season and is familiar with the players and the staff. The Royals squad is a bunch of extremely energetic and talented players who know their roles perfectly well and I am sure they will thrive under Watson's inspiring leadership."
Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008 under the captaincy of Shane Warne.