The first ever ICC World Cup Final between two Asian nations.
The first ever ICC World Cup Final between two host nations.
The third ICC World Cup Final for both teams.
An ICC World Cup Final between the two teams that lost in the Final to Australia during the last two World Cups.
An ICC World Cup Final involving the highest ODI run scorer and highest ODI wicket taker in their last ever ODI*.
There couldn't have been a bigger World Cup Final than India vs Sri Lanka.
Well yes there could have if it was Pakistan vs India, but with the presence of Sachin Tendulkar and Muttiah Muralitharan, it makes it a Grand Final.
I watched Sachin make his debut 22 years ago when he toured Pakistan and faced a bowling attack comprising of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Aqib Javed. He lasted only 2 balls and lost his wicket to Waqar Younis.
For the next 22 years, however, he tormented bowlers the world over, notching up century after century.
He now stands on 99 international centuries - 48 in ODIs and 51 in tests. The stage is set for him to bring up his 100th international 100 in a World Cup Final.
The last time Sachin was there, he didn't last too long as McGrath got the better of him.
That was Johannesburg, but tomorrow it will be in his home town - Mumbai!
The stage could not have been better set for the greatest batsman ever to play the game.
A World Cup victory is really the only thing missing from Sachin's overflowing list of achievements. It is the one thing that has remained elusive throughout his 22 year career and something he so dearly wants to achieve.
It is time for India to return all the favours he has done them for the last 22 years!
Sri Lanka will be tough to beat, but I really think that there will be no stopping India tomorrow.
Considering that Muralitharan already has a World Cup victory under his belt, its only fair that Sachin ends up on the winning side tomorrow.
And then at least we will also be able to say that even Pakistan had a hand in helping Sachin Tendulkar fulfil his dream, as it probably would not have happened had he been caught on 27.
For me, its not about India or Sri Lanka tomorrow... to hell with the saying that "its a team game" ..
Tomorrow is all about Sachin Tendulkar, his 100 international centuries, and his first ever World Cup title.
*Only Murali has announced his retirement, but I guess Sachin will as well from the ODI game once India wins the Final.