Google India on Sunday shared a list of trivia highlighting the similarities between the cricket World Cup finals between 2003 and 2023 -- both being played between India and Australia.
When Virat Kohli and skipper Rohit Sharma helmed the batting attack at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Google India's note showed the same being done by Sachin Tendulkar and then captain Sourav Ganguly.
Moreover, Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar were listed as the leading run scorers, and 20 years apart, it was both Rohit Sharma and Sourav Ganguly's first time as captain to lead the World Cup squad in 2023 and 2003.
Here we meet again, 20 years later#INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/LapPVd17OT
— Google India (@GoogleIndia) November 19, 2023
The note also pointed out that for both eth World Cups, it was a "Rahul" who has been the wicketkeeper. Rahul Dravid who took up the wicketkeeper's gloves in 2003 and KL Rahul is the wicketkeeper in World Cup 2023.
In 2003, Australia seemed to be at an advantage after having been unbeaten in all group-stage matches, while this year India has the same advantage.
Australia captain Pat Cummins won the toss and elected to field against India in the final of the 50-overs World Cup at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.
Two-time champions India have been the form team winning all 10 games to make the final against five-time winners Australia in the world's largest cricket stadium.
Both the teams fielded the same set of 11 players who featured in their respective semi-final victories.
"Dew is one factor and it's quite dewy in the night at this venue," Cummins said explaining his decision.
"I'm really proud of the group. Tough start to the tournament but they haven't put a foot wrong since."
Home captain Rohit Sharma said he would have preferred to bat first anyways.
"I would've batted first, big game and runs on the board," the opener said. "It's the biggest occasion, in terms of cricketing events. We got to stay nice and calm... It's a dream come true to captain the team in the final."