Gary Kirsten, batting coach and mentor: “[Hardik has been] fantastic. He’s a high profile guy in India, but he’s been incredibly humble. Wants to learn as a leader. Especially in IPL and in India, he wants to help youngsters. He’s come in with real responsibility, very different to seeing him in other IPLs. Great for Ashish and Vikram [Solanki] as well. Brand new franchise, to put a team together and get guys performing – amazing. [On team composition at auction:] Good balance, good depth but most importantly have players who can play different ways. With Ashish we have learnt you need to have guys who are versatile, and we have that at No. 4, 5, 6.”