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Sunil Gavaskar explains the “difference captaincy makes” in his article Pleasure to Perform Against Pressure to Perform

<p>The Indian cricket team’s series victories over England, both at home and away to Australia, were compared by legendary player Sunil Gavaskar. Young people took up when the elderly were unavailable, he reasoned.</p>
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<p>In his MidDay piece, Gavaskar praised the captain’s role in guiding the younger players and emphasized the importance of Team India’s leadership think tank.</p>
<p>The squad that took the field was the same as the one that did so in Brisbane during the fourth and final Test match of 2021. In his column, Gavaskar said, “There were no well-known names there, just big hearts and a determination to show that they could take on the responsibility and shoulder any burden that was given to them.”</p>
<p>“The captains deserve recognition for their excellent management of the less experienced players since they instilled confidence in them and gave them hope that they could cover the significant holes caused by the absence of the veteran players. They performed above and beyond expectations to record wins that will be cherished for a very long time, demonstrating that they had taken a cue from the big boys as well. It also demonstrated the impact that leadership has. Wins instead of close losses are achieved when an individual enjoys performing in the face of pressure, he said.</p>
<p>India suffered a crushing defeat in the 2020–21 series against Australia after being bowled out for their lowest-ever Test score of 36. When his first child was born, Virat Kohli, the captain of India at the time, took a plane back home. Young players Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, and Shardul Thakur stepped up when veterans like Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Hanuma Vihari were injured. India proceeded to seal the series 2-1.</p>
<p>Kohli took a break during the England series to be with his family for the birth of his second child. India was defeated in Hyderabad’s first game. In place of some of the elders, young people like Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel, and Yashasvi Jaiswal stepped forward.</p>
<p>“The fourth Test matches in a series, Brisbane and Ranchi, should forever be recorded in gold letters in the annals of Indian cricket history as testaments to the power of pure patriotism to triumph over all obstacles,” stated captain Vijay Gavaskar.</p>