"India won the World Cup in 1983 and that time there was a Malayali (Sunil Valson), born and brought up outside the state. The presence of Sreesanth this time will mean we will win," said Class 8 student Mathew George.
Even Defence Minister A.K. Antony could not hide his excitement. "Like each and every Indian, I want India to win," said Antony.
With Saturday being a holiday and educational institutions closed for the annual break, streets across the state wore a deserted look. Many were indoors to watch the match.
"Sreesanth is India's lucky charm because when India beat Pakistan to win the T20 final it was he who took the catch to dismiss Pakistan's last batsman," said Sandeep Kumar, a Class 12 student in Thiruvananthapuram.