I was lucky enough to be at the Cricket World Cup Final on Sunday - it was as tense and stressful as everyone has said; completely engrossing ball by ball and totally mad and exuberant once we realised England had won.
Much has been reported about how England had changed its strategy towards the fifty overs game after its knock-out from the cup four years ago, about how they decided to play fast and aggressive cricket.
But the pitch at Lord's did not suit their newly-found batting approach. Instead they had to be patient and adapt their game to the slower conditions. And that flexibility is a great asset for any team or organisation that finds itself suddenly facing unexpected circumstances. Quick decisions need to be made but from a cool and considered approach,; the game would have been lost if England had continued to bat fast and furious.
And so much credit has to go to the captain, Eoin Morgan who over the past four years has led from the front. He has been totally cool in front of the media, deflecting attention from his team, giving praise where praise was due and yet not afraid to admit when he got things wrong. On Sunday he looked as cool as a cucumber, even if - as Michael Vaughan says below - he was not!!
Tactics are not everything, though. His man-management and the calmness that he exuded at every turn of a campaign which had its wobbles was equally important. I have always said that the best captains are great actors. No matter how much your guts are churning, you have to trick your players into thinking you are completely unflappable. Morgan and Trevor Bayliss might have looked ice-cool on that Lord's balcony on Sunday evening, but you can be absolutely sure that they would have been dying inside. It is all part of the show you to have put on as a leader. It was the same in the 2005 Ashes: I can admit now I was a complete mess at various points in that series, but hopefully never let the players realise it.