By every reckoning, Australia is the favorite. India hasn’t beaten them once this Australian summer; Australia has never lost a World Cup semi-final; they never lose one-day game at Sydney; and at the time of writing, they have won the toss and are batting.
And yet, patriotism aside – world cricket needs an India win. India and New Zealand have been the best teams in the tournament, though who would have thought that India would have been the calm and professional one and New Zealand the trail-blazing, exciting one that has set the tournament ablaze? Both have the best bowling attacks – again, who would have thought? Both have the best captains in the tournament, one who has believed in no-holds barred attack, another who has been calculating and calm. They now have the most passionate supporters, as cricket fever has gripped New Zealand like never before.
This World Cup needs an India – New Zealand final.