World Cup final quotebox – Who will win it?

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – Cricket fever has gripped  the sub-continent on the eve of the World Cup final between  India and Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Here are the thoughts of some former players on how the  first all-Asian final will play out.
Imran Khan, captained Pakistan to 1992 World Cup triumph
“The pressure of playing in a semi-final is greater than a  final. As India and Pakistan faced off in the semis-finals …  India have gone through the test by fire. India will go on to  win with the great self-belief they have built up.”
Steve Waugh, captained Australia to 1999 World Cup title
“A script writer could not have written a better story for  Sachin (Tendulkar) as he gets to play a World Cup final in his  hometown. History beckons for this Indian team.”
Arjuna Ranatunga, captained Sri Lanka to 1996 World Cup win
“I am a bit concerned about Sri Lanka’s middle order … it  is struggling a fair deal. But my heart still says Sri Lanka  will win.”

Clive Lloyd
Clive Lloyd

Clive Lloyd, captained West Indies to 1975 and 1979 Cup wins
“The team that gets all the disciplines right will have the  edge in the final. I am tilted towards India.”
Allan Border, captained Australia to 1987 World Cup title
“I believe Sri Lanka have the ability to upset India. They  have a strong spin attack. Indians showed their susceptibility  in facing quality spin bowling in (the semi-final) in Mohali.”
Kapil Dev, captained India to 1983 World Cup title
“Being an Indian with the final taking place in our country,  I will definitely favour India to win. But all the Sri Lankan  players are dangerous and they are playing as a team.”
Mark Waugh, former Australia batsman
“Indian bowling is coming together well, almost peaking  superbly as the tournament has gone on and that should augur  well for the side.”
Dilip Vengsarkar, former India captain
“The way they are playing, India will definitely beat Sri  Lanka. I will make it 60:40 in India’s favour.”

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