A day after India vanquished Pakistan in an emotionally-charged World Cup semifinal, top yesteryear cricketers exuded confidence that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men would end the 28-year-old jinx to lift the coveted trophy on April 2.
Disciplined bowling and a fortune-tinged 85 by Sachin Tendulkar saw India beat Pakistan by 29 runs at the Punjab Cricket Association (PAC) stadium in Mohali to set-up a summit clash against co-hosts Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium.
"The way they are playing, India will definitely beat Sri Lanka. I will make it 60:40 in India's favour," said Dilip Vengsarkar, former captain, ex-chief selector and member of the 1983 World Cup winning team led by Kapil Dev.
"I feel India have the edge over Sri Lanka. As you have seen the Indian side is improving match by match. The victory over Pakistan, I think, is more difficult than playing against Sri Lanka. We have crossed the stiffest hurdle, stiffer than (four-time winners) Australia," said former Test left-arm spinner Bapu Nadkarni.
Image: Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq, right, and Saeed Ajmal, second from right, look on as India's players celebrate their win over Pakistan by 29 runs in the Cricket World Cup semifinal match in Mohali, India, Wednesday, March 30, 2011.