Johannesburg:Twenty20 is definitely a format for youngsters but for them to shine, the backing and guidance of senior pros is imperative, says Anil Kumble, who led underdogs Bangalore to the IPL summit clash.
Retired players like Mathhew Hayden, Adam Gilchirst, Shane Warne, and Kumble himself were at par with the youngsters, doing extremely well in IPL season-II.
Hayden grabbed the Orange Cap for scoring highest runs, Gilchirst won the Player of the Tournament award and Kumble ended second highest wicket-taker with 21 victims.
Kumble believes that presence of senior players only help the youngsters perform better.
"It is a young man's game yeah it is you need to be fit, you need to be really athletic but you have six or seven guys who are like that I think the senior and the experiences guys will take the pressure and use their skills to ensure that we handle the situation pretty well.
"In that sense if you look back the retired guys and also the senior professionals have done really well in the tournament," he said.
Kumble is enjoying playing the shortest format of the game and has already started thinking about the Champions League, slated for October.
"Definitely, you will see me three months from now in the Champions League. I was thinking that I will start training in January February for the next IPL but I will have to keep myself fit for October," he said.