Can Australian business wake up to new realities – for example, if you do not have an India engagement strategy then you are missing out on the growth centre of the world.
Cricket had to wake up too – India is now the epicentre of cricket and the biggest contest in town is Australia and India.
The cricket battle between Australia and India has provided special moments and lots of insights into how our two countries should relate.
First, enjoy the difference – both teams clearly enjoyed their interaction and cultural differences.
Second, go beyond the basic commitment – the Tweet and pic of the series was Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and Bonnie Paine when he was babysitting the Paine children.
Third, adapt to each other – Australia toned down the sledging and India toned it up, thereby meeting in the middle.
Fourth, sometimes we can all be direct – Indians are known as “indirect” communicators but Captain Kohli and his bat conveyed a direct message when he made a century – “my bat is talking!”
Fifth, conflict can be followed by harmony – both teams crossed the line but quickly resumed the contest as normal, tough but not over the top.
Sixth, crowds can tell you a lot about a country – Australia is an increasingly successful multicultural community and enjoying it.
Now the cricket is done – how about Aussie business and politics – can they learn too, and engage more closely with India?