Mumbai, April 2: With the big finale of the biggest tournament in one-day cricket's calender all set to unfold, the experts are out in force with their opinions and ideas. While many seem to indicate that the two sides are evenly matches like former Mumbai batsman Rohan Gavaskar who says, "There is very little separating the two teams", the consensus of opinion is that India holds an edge over their opponents.
Former Indian all-rounder and 1983 world cup champion Roger Binny, pointed out that both teams will have to play to their strength which will be their batting. "Both sides depend heavily on their batting and if anyone has to win here, their batting will have to click."
Meanwhile, Indian women's cricket veteran Anjum Chopra thinks that simplicity is the key to a victory, "Simple cricket will prove the winner. I think the team that does the basics better will win."
Then former Indian captain Rahul Dravid, who knows a thing or two about the role that home advantage plays in wresting a win, said, "India has a better all-round balance in their team, coupled with the fact that we're playing at home - 40,000 people cheering and shouting will put huge pressure on the visitors."
Getting a little more technical, former Australian player and present commentator Dean Jones inferred "On this ground faster bowlers have been more successful than the spinners and with Zaheer and Munaf in the form thay are, they will end up winning this game easily. But ex-Indian batsman Ajay Jadeja doesn't agree. He points to the curator's assessment that the pitch will be low and slow and aid spin more. "The lights have been changed (at this ground), the pitch has been relaid, the ball may not quite come onto the bat. So it's hard to say."
Returning to the debate on which side holds the upperhand, former Indian captain and opener Sunil Gavaskar observed, "India have strained every sinew in getting to the final while Sri Lanka have had it pretty easy, especially in the quarterfinal against England. Every Indian player has been under pressure and therefore will be able to deal with it better in the final."
Finally, assessing the two captains, Jadeja said, "Sangakarra is a lot more methodical. He is not as innovative as Dhoni is on the field. He has his strategies which he works out in advance. Dhoni goes by his gut, what occurs to him at that moment in time. He's illogical, but that's the logic he follows.
Well, the India fans certainly hope that the logical assessment from this study is that India will trump Sri Lanka and raise the World Cup.