India winning the World Cup is comparable to Brazil winning football's equivalent, bringing a touch of magic to the game. A victory against Australia in Ahmedabad would not only inspire the next generation but also boost the marketability of the sport. Just like Usain Bolt's victories in athletics, an Indian win leads to bigger sponsorships, TV rights, and greater exposure.
Virat Kohli, having achieved great heights in his career with 50 ODI hundreds, deserves to be a double World Cup winner in his own country. While England entered the competition as champions, their campaign lacked clarity and they didn't have the firepower to compete with the Indian team. In World Cups, it's all about being first or last.
India's dominance in their home conditions makes them overwhelming favorites to win the final. With a formidable lineup where each of their top six can score match-winning hundreds, and bowlers capable of taking five-wicket hauls, India stands out as the only team in the World Cup with such strength.
Australia, however, possesses a bowling attack that has the potential to unsettle India's outstanding top order. To cause an upset, Australia would need to win the toss, exploit the conditions, and put India under pressure by limiting them to a low target. India's vulnerability lies in early wickets and a restricted score, providing Australia with an opportunity to chase the runs.
Historical patterns suggest that the next World Cup winner aligns with the host nation, making India the major favorite. Looking ahead, South African players may see the 2027 World Cup as their best chance for glory.
For the final, all we hope for is a thrilling spectacle. While there were concerns about the pitch in India's semi-final, if a team can score 400 runs and the chasing team is still in contention, it signifies a fair pitch. The Kolkata semi-final pitch was one bowlers dreamt of, creating surprises for the South African batters.
Ultimately, let's hope that Sunday becomes an occasion where we can marvel at the brilliance of the cricket on display.