TheCEOofthefranchise,DhirajMalhotra,hasnowpraisedtheformerAustraliancaptain.

“Hehasbeenaninspirationalplayer.Heisthemostmotivatingpersonyoucanbewith.Seehisenthusiasmatthisageasacoach,playerorcommentator,”MalhotrasaidinaninteractionwithANI.

“Westartthetrainingeverydaywithasmallspeechfromhim.Fromthatspeech,Icouldseepeoplearegettinggoosebumpsandgettinginspired.Heispartofeverytrainingthathappens.Tobetrainedbysomeoneofhiscaliberitjusthastakentheteamtoadifferentlevel.”

Malhotrainsistedthatithasbeena”fruitful”experienceforplayersastheyreturnedtotraining,evenwiththechallengesamidthepandemic.

“Playersaregivingittheirall.Oncetheyareonthefieldtheyforgetaboutwhatishappeningintheworld.Itisallaboutbeinginthemomentandbeingonthefield.Ihaveseeneveryonedothat.Youwillgettoseecricketatitshighestlevelagain,”hesaid.

“Ifyouforgetthepandemicandchallenges,itisbeenaveryfruitfulexperience.Everyonebackhomefeelsthatthingsaregettingbacktonormal.SportsishappeningandpeoplearedyingtowatchsomegoodqualitycricketandthisiswhatIPLisallabout.Actually,itisaverypositiveandreallybrilliantfeelingtobehererightnow,”