There is an unmistakable spring in Adam Gilchrist's steps even during nets as the former Australia wicketkeeper not only concentrates on his batting but also helps youngsters iron out their problems.
The 38-year-old, who retired from international cricket in 2008, insists he is happy leading a quiet outside the demanding world of cricket, but cannot help getting excited during the Indian Premier League season.
"I feel like a kid (getting ready to play during summer vacations). It's so exciting," says the Deccan Chargers' skipper.
Gilchrist does not lack motivation and has been in cracking form in the first two games. "It cannot be easier to get motivated. I have played traditional cricket and now I'm fortunate to be part of new-age of cricket without compromising the time I have to spend with the family," he adds.
Does he regret the decision to retire when some players of his age are still going strong and giving the younger generation a run for their money? "No, not one day in the two years of my retirement," he insists.
"But I still love the game and am thrilled to have an opportunity to play this tournament.
“But I have well and truly moved into a different stage of life," he adds.