Fittingly for the occasion, Mumbai Indians won the Champions League T2O beating Rajasthan Royal here Sunday night. It was the last competitive match for another India great Rahul Dravid.
Rajasthan went from 117 for 1 to 169 all out in the space of seven overs, and the man to make the big difference was Harbhajan Singh, who got the wickets of Shane Watson, Rahane, Stuart Binny and Kevon Cooper.
A freak injury just before the Nagpur Test in 2010 had delayed Rohit Sharma's Test debut but with the West Indies tour round the corner, he would be hoping to finally get to play the traditional format.
At the end of the match, Mumbai Indians were assessed to be one over behind the required rate after allowances were taken into consideration.
The IPL champions Mumbai Indians have the experience of playing and winning two matches at Kotla while Royals have played all their matches at home.
Emotions aside, it's a match that promises to be engrossing - a clash of styles, a clash of team character.
MI advanced to the title clash, slated to be held on Sunday, after a six-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago.
Sunil Narine, with eleven wickets at 7.81 runs apiece in five matches, is the top wicket-taker in the CLT20 2013.
Talking to reporters on the eve of the semifinal clash, Menaria said Rajasthan Royals have won 12 consecutive matches here and they have drawn up certain plans to keep their impeccable record intact.
With Lendl Simmons in outstanding touch after a hesitant start, T&T stormed to 119 for 2 in just 15.1 overs, doing more than enough to displace Chennai from the top of the group.