Kolkata: Effusive in his praise of coach Ashok Malhotra (in pic), Bengal players on Sunday said the former batsman was a role model for the team as they made the Ranji Trophy semifinals for the first time after 2006-07.
"Paaji (Malhotra) inspires us a lot. Even if someone is running high temperature, he inspires him," Bengal skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla said after their 48-run win over Railways here.
"I am not going to compare him with previous coaches, but Paaji is an inspiration to us. He has played such great cricket too. We have tried to do well and we have succeeded, but long way to go," Shukla said of the 56-year-old, who was part of their famous Ranji Trophy winning team in 1989-90. (Also read: Shukla docked full match fees for team's slow over rate)