A month since a short meeting prior to leaving for England, the women in blue are now just a stride short of completing the walk that would justify their pre-tournament talk. Now, India take on England in the final of the extravaganza at Lord's.
In the days to come, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman – the men who will be deciding India’s coach for the next three years – have to choose between two unique cricketers with an intimidating body of work and towering international reputations.
Sport fans are suckers for underdog tales, but they aren’t kind to ageing veterans. Had Roger Federer not won the Australian Open, and with it, his 18th Grand Slam title, his legacy would have become a shade duller. But, as it is, with the win, not only did he cement his place as the greatest the sport has ever seen, he also laid to rest all dispute about his on-court rivalry with Rafael Nadal