The Final!

The Final!

The whole of the cricket world now holds its breath for Saturday’s World Cup Final between undoubtedly the best two teams in the tournament – India and Sri Lanka. 

Some would say that it was bound to be two Asian teams in the Final, simply because where the competition was played… but I do believe that on any decent cricket wicket anywhere in the world, these would be the best two teams!

The two Semi Finals that have been played in the last two days have been mighty tense affairs with two true legends of the game coming to the fore in both games. 

Muttiah Muralitharan played his last international match on home soil on Tuesday night, and unbelieveably took a wicket with his final ball.  After a tense finish, the celebrations in Columba looked fantastic.   Murali was chaired around the ground by his fellow players as the love and appreciation for this genuine great poured from the stands. 

Then Wednesday possibly the greatest batsman of all time, Sachin Tendulkar with a bit of help from the Pakistan fielders, scored a match winning 85 to set up Saturday’s Final.

So the two legends will go head to head in what will be Murali’s last game.  Will he go out a winner or will Sachin score his 100th international century, a fate that will probably never be achieved again.  Let’s wait with baited breath to see who comes out on top, they are both great men with humility running through their veins.  Good luck to both.

On another note, it is always sad when one of the greats of the game announces he is stepping down as Captain of his country, which has just happened with Ricky Ponting and Australia.  Again the word great is not to be used lightly, but when the dust settles on Ricky’s career, which is not over yet, that is a word that should be used whenever his name is mentioned.  His captaincy record is second to none and although he captained some other fantastic cricketers, it takes a strong man to be able to harness all those egos into a winning combination, and Ponting was able to do that.  He will be remembered as a street fighter of a captain who never took a backward step.

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