I don't think anyone needs reminding that it's been 28 years since India won their only World Cup. The time is ripe now. In terms of sheer following, the passion for the game, talent and from a commercial perspective, India are the biggest cricketing power in the world. Given all the numbers in
every facet of the game, it's also important that we have at least two World Cup triumphs to show.
India have justified their status as a cricketing giant by making it to the final.
The ultimate thing
But their impressive run will count for nothing if they do not win the final. Yes, there will be some respite from public furore because they defeated Pakistan, and because they made the final, but we should not be satisfied with that. Beating Pakistan is just half the job done; winning the final is the ultimate thing.
In 1983, there wasn't much television; the interest the event generated wasn't anywhere near what it is now with the evolution of the electronic medium.
The stage and platform are beautifully set; the joy victory will bring to the Indians on Saturday will be immeasurable.
The Indian diaspora will be extremely proud of this achievement. It will elevate the status of Indians in the eyes of the world. I don't want to put undue pressure on the team but I am sure they realise that the memories of that 1983 win are still fresh in the minds of the nation.
The ultimate trophy
India have created a wonderful property called the IPL and they are ranked number one in Test cricket, which, in my eyes, is a wonderful achievement and reward for consistency. The World Cup, however, is a compacted, singular event that brings the best in the world on one single platform, and the value of success a tournament of this magnitude brings is simply unparalleled.
Every individual in India can realise his/her dreams through the 11 men that will be on the park on Saturday. We must back them to win, but if they don't, they are still our representatives and we must respect them for that.