I am not too pleased to watch these two teams go head to head in the final of a major tournament mainly because they are too inconsistent and more over there is no longer an enmity between the two sides. Gone are those good old days when the two teams always stepped on to the pitch daggers drawn. These are the boring days of the “bhai-bhai” relationship where they no longer even swear at each other.
No matter how dull it appears to be, i have no other option but to watch it, just because i have no work to do. If my memory serves right, the last time the Indians entered a final as favorites, was against New Zealand in the 2000 champions trophy held in Kenya. Interestingly, their last appearance in a major final also happened in the African continent in the form of the 2003 WC where they were overwhelming favorites to lose and lose they did.
The last time i predicted the outcome of an India’s match, i thought they would win the deciding seventh one-dayer against England but sadly things didn’t work out that way. This time around, i am again predicting an Indian win and i am doubly sure that they can pull it off.
P.s:- They had lost in that final to New Zealand having knocked out Australia in the quarters and RSA (Yuvraj had made his dazzling debut in this series) in the semis but then history only repeats itself for losers like South Africa, not for winners like India.
I am amazed at my over-reaching modesty.
Errata:- India was the joint winner of the champions trophy in 2002 and the 2002 final was the last major final we entered as favorites.