India vs Pakistan: Countdown begins

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Will India's earlier victory over Pak be enough to give us the psychological edge?

Updated: September 24, 2007 13:06 IST
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Will India's earlier victory over Pakistan be enough to give us the psychological edge and will we be able to sustain our current form? These are all questions that we will be asking during the countdown to what has to be one of the most anticipated matches of cricketing history.

"India-Pakistan, a dream come true final. The whole world is going to be watching," said Yuvraj.

Yuvraj Singh is echoing the sentiments of a billion Indians. And it's not just him, but the rest of team India too, which will know just how big an opportunity this is for them.

Every member of this young side stands the chance of returning home with a World Cup medal, something even the big three of Indian cricket can't boast of.

And it's the newfound attitude of the unit that has given them that chance.

The sheer fearlessness with which they have adapted to a little known format of the game as well as foreign conditions is what has made their triumphs even sweeter.

The reassuring thing is that looking ahead to the final the thinking has not changed

"Durban also was unfamiliar to us when we landed here. This format of the game was also unfamiliar to us. So it' about the capabilities of the individual how quickly they can adapt. Of course we have played a game over there, the wicket is quite different from here.

"So, it's about the adaptability and when we are practicing over there we will assess the situation and I think guys who are playing at this level are mature enough to adapt themselves to the needs of the game," said M S Dhoni, Captain, Indian Twenty20 team.

Adapting to the conditions in Johannesburg is going to be critical for the Indians, especially since their opponents in the final are a side that is peaking at the right time and can also boast of vanquishing the mighty Aussies earlier in the tournament.

Their cakewalk of a semi-final against the Kiwis further underlined the threat of their present form, epitomised by players like Umar Gul, Imran Nazir and Misbah Ul Haq.

"I can't predict the winner, because both teams are playing with a high level of skill and then Indian batting can be so dangerous," said Adam Gilchrist, Captain, Australian Twenty20 team.

So whether it's a blue shirt that claims the trophy on Monday or a green, what is assured is instant cult status for the champion team and a chance to be immortalised in the annals of cricketing history.

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