Australian limited overs skipper Aaron Finch heads to India with a skip in his step after leading the Melbourne Renegades to the Big Bash win, in contrast to a despondent Glenn Maxwell.
Finch's Renegades clinched their maiden Big Bash win in dramatic fashion on Sunday Melbourne Stars, led by Glenn Maxwell, collapsed in a tense run chase.
Stars lost seven wickets for just 19 runs in one of the biggest capitulations in Australian cricket history, and Maxwell admitted it left him "pretty shattered".
Both men were due to fly out Monday to play two T20s and five one-day internationals against Virat Kohli's team, leaving them little time to reflect on their incredible change in fortunes on Sunday.
Chasing 146 to win at Docklands Stadium Melbourne, Maxwell's men were cruising at 93 without loss before dramatically collapsing to lose the game by 13 runs.
Finch said he was thrilled by the 13-run win, which was just the tonic for a man who has gone through an eventful summer.
He was appointed Australia's one-day captain in a World Cup year, before making his long-awaited Test debut.
But he was axed from the Test squad which faced Sri Lanka and has not been at his best in the shorter form of the game.
His season appeared to have summed up on Sunday with a bizarre dismissal when Cameron White's straight drive deflected off bowler Jackson Bird's boot to hit the stumps, with Finch left stranded outside his crease.
He stormed off and smashed a plastic chair with his bat in the tunnel, then gave it another whack for good measure.
"It just about sums up my summer," a smiling Finch said of the unlucky dismissal.
But all the drama is behind him now, with India his prime focus.
"I don't think you need anything to put a pep in your step when you're going on an Aussie tour, particularly to India," he told reporters.
"If you're slightly off the mark you're going to get hurt.
"They're the best side in one-day cricket in their own conditions, I think. So you've got to go there full of confidence and have a real clear game plan."
Maxwell, a good friend who used to share a room with Finch, admitted he was devastated by the BBL loss, and said his opening batsmen Ben Dunk and Marcus Stoinis – who is also in the squad to play India – ideally would have killed off the game earlier.
"I thought we did well with the ball, executed well, did everything right," he said.
"And up until the 12th over (with the bat) I thought we were fine. I'm pretty shattered to be honest."