Teammates lauded Meg Lanning’s passionate pep talk before the T20 World Cup final, adding to her reputation as one of the finest leaders in international cricket.
Meg Lanning, who is typically calm and composed, gave an exceptionally energetic and spicy motivational speech before the T20 World Cup final in Cape Town on Sunday。
According to her teammates, it is Meg Lanning’s characteristic composed and tranquil demeanor that distinguishes her from other leaders in international cricket and places her among the all-time greats.
Lanning’s leadership credentials were enhanced to new levels when her side defeated South Africa by 19 runs at Newlands.
Having led her team to victory in the T20 World Cup, Meg Lanning has added another feather to her already outstanding leadership cap, having now skippered Australia to five titles at ICC tournaments. This puts her ahead of Ricky Ponting, another iconic Australian captain, who had led his team to four titles.
Meg Lanning has added another title to her previous wins in 2014, 2018, and 2020 T20 World Cups, as well as the 2022 one-day World Cup victory in New Zealand.
Megan Schutt shared that Meg Lanning’s pre-game speech was noteworthy because it was more energetic than usual and included some profanity, which is uncommon for her. This comment came after Australia clinched their sixth T20 World Cup championship.
“Megan Schutt said after the game that Meg’s pre-game pep talk was noteworthy since it was more energetic than normal, with a few swear words thrown in, which is not something Meg does frequently. According to Schutt, Meg’s conversation finished with the words “let us effing go,” which added to the speech’s power.”
“She typically exudes a composed and serene demeanor. With years of experience playing cricket and leading, she understands what individuals and teams require to excel.”
“We are influenced by her demeanor, and our pre-match discussions revolve around the need to remain composed during chaotic moments because there are many of them, particularly in T20 cricket.”
“Maintaining composure during those moments increases the likelihood of better execution, and that’s the kind of composure she exemplifies.”
When Lanning retired from cricket in August last year, she was uncertain if she would participate in this tournament, let alone lead the team.
Lanning’s teammates were overjoyed with her comeback, and she exuded excitement and ease throughout the World Cup.
When asked to reflect on their captain, Beth Mooney and coach Shelley Nitschke used the word “calm” as their first descriptor to describe Meg Lanning.
On Sunday, Mooney expressed her belief that Lanning would be remembered as one of the greatest leaders in not just cricket but in all of sports.
“I believe she possesses an immense cricketing intelligence, and she remains composed and collected when the heat is on, while also displaying empathy,” would be a possible rephrased sentence.
“She has a deep understanding of how people feel in certain situations, thanks to her personal experiences as a leader and a cricketer,” could be a possible rephrased sentence.
According to Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning will be remembered as one of the finest leaders in their team’s history, and they feel themselves fortunate to have her.
When asked to remark on India captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s game-changing run-out in the semi-final, Schutt drew a comparison between the Australian captain and one of her rivals at this event.
On the eve of the final, Alyssa Healy sparked controversy on Australian television by saying that Kaur’s dismissal was due to a lack of urgency in her runs more than the misfortune of her bat sticking in the pitch.
Schutt chose not to participate in that argument, but when asked what advise she would provide to her new Royal Challengers Bangalore colleagues about how to win key moments when she lands in India for the Women’s Premier League later this week, she emphasized serenity once more.
“I think Harman was probably incorrect to chuck her bat after (getting run out),” she said.
“I think that sets the precedence for the folks who are coming in after that.
While she afterwards spoke to Deepti (Sharma) and I am aware that she calmed down a bit, in that regard, the damage had already been done.
“Just being able to compose oneself in that moment” (is the key). Regrettably, you must suffer losses in order to discover this.
“We do not panic, we do not take it out on each other after a turnover or a dropped catch, and I think that is where we stand out as a team; we are a team first, and we understand that being angry will not help.”
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023
Australia team: Meg Lanning (captain), Alyssa Healy (vice-captain), Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham