Rajasthan Royals' chief coach Paddy Upton has backed Australian all-rounder Shane Watson to succeed the just-retired Rahul Dravid as captain and said the franchise would want to retain the former India captain in some capacity.

Dravid played the last competitive game of his celebrated career when he walked out to lead the Rajasthan Royals in the final of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) 2013 against Mumbai Indians in New Delhi on Sunday. Rajasthan lost by 33 runs in the match which was for another batting great Sachin Tendulkar, his final game in the Mumbai Indians shirt.

"Shane Watson has been there from the beginning and he epitomises the Rajasthan Royals spirit, who places the team's needs ahead of his own needs. He is incredibly good with the younger players and is someone who bridges all the gaps in terms of the diversity of players we have. Maybe there will be someone else, but he would be a candidate," said Upton at the post-match press conference.