India’s best-ever victory, almost on par with the 1983 World Cup victory (there also we were underdogs), leaves a trail of leadership lessons which shall be etched in the memory of Indian fans and Leaders for times to come.
- It is never over till it is over.
- There is hope till the last ball is bowled.
- Performance matters, reputation doesn’t count much (Indian Pace attack vs. Australian Pace attack).
- Action speaks louder than words (Australian banter didn’t convert into wicket or win).
- Peaking at the right time is more important than peaking early (loss in the first test but bouncing back from the 2nd test onwards).
- A good blend of youth and experience works wonders than just going for the experience alone.
- Attack / perform like a bunch (how the youth brigade filled up at times of need and the how pace attack worked in tandem to put consistent pressure from both ends).
- Past performance doesn’t guarantee success at the nick of time (32 years of Gabba stronghold broken by a committed team).
- Leadership is not always about being vociferous (Rahane’s silent zeal and steely resolve without being verbose or wearing his emotions on sleeve).
- Calculated risks pay off, many times (like promoting Pant ahead of Hanuma Vihari in the Sydney test or going with Washington Sundar instead of Kuldeep Yadav in the last test).
Last but not the least, bench strength matters!