"I was very impressed by the way Raina played. He batted exceptionally well at a very crucial stage. It was very, very important that he stayed till the end for the total India raised," gushed the batsman, who has played in over a 100 Tests.
Asked about what composition the team should go in with against the Lankans, who are also striving to clinch their second world crown after the 1996 heroics by Arjuna Ranatunga's men, Vengsarkar said it depends on the type of wicket that will be provided for the summit clash.
"It will depend on the wicket, but I expect the Wankhede wicket to provide equal opportunity for both batsmen and bowlers. It's the best wicket in India," he stated.
Vengsarkar also added that nothing would be better than batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who scored a chancy 85 in yesterday's semifinal to receive the man of the match award, getting to the pioneering landmark of 100 international tons and India winning the Cup on Saturday.
Image: India's Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot for six off the bowling of South Africa's Robin Peterson in the Cricket World Cup match between India and South Africa in Nagpur, India, Saturday, March 12, 2011.