`Looking forward to India-WI final showdown at 2007 World Cup`: Lara

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2007, 13:07 PM IST

Chennai, Jan 26: Brian Lara said an India-West Indies final showdown at the 2007 cricket World Cup would be a delight for the fans of the two countries.

"One cannot expect a better final than one with India and West Indies. It becomes all the more special since over 50 per cent of the people in the Carribean are Indians," he said.

"India and West Indies have been playing so much of cricket for the past 8-10 months and it is very likely that both teams will reach the finals of the World Cup to be held in my country," Lara said during an interactive session on leadership, organised by ING Vysya bank.

"To play with India is tremendous," he added.

Lara, who was out of action in the Cuttack one-dayer in due to an injury, said he hoped to play in the third match at Chennai, because his knee was healing well.

"I am still sore in the left knee but I hope to get better within the next 24 hours. I will hopefully play in the next game on January 27," the West-Indian captain said.

Dwelling on the present series, he said these matches would help the West Indies choose the list of 15 for the World Cup.

"Lots of young people, all either in their early twenties or even less than that, are getting a chance to play in this series and this will help pick the best West Indian team for the World Cup," he said.

India has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four match series.

Bureau Report