Indian PM to attend final
Taking a time off from his busy election campaign in north-eastern state of Assam, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be watching the cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai today.
“I will be watching the match but I have to go to Assam”, Sing said.
The Prime Minister was hoping for an Indian victory.
“The whole nation should join in wishing the Indian cricket team”.
Singh mixed cricket with diplomacy by being present at the high-voltage India-Pakistan semifinal at Mohali along with Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.
The final will be watched by two VVIPs -- Indian President Pratibha Patil and Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksha -- at the Wankhede Stadium.
SL President seeks divine blessings
Ahead of the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka at Mumbai, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will seek divine blessings for the success of his team at a famous Hindu shrine in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
The Lankan President will offer worship at the Lord Venkateswara shrine on a hilltop.
An ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara, Rajapaksa, after an overnight stay on the hills, will fly to Mumbai to watch the final at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
Win cars with the Cup
A car bonanza awaits the Indian cricket team if they beat Sri Lanka in the World Cup final in Mumbai today.
South Korean auto giant Hyundai Motors announced that it would present all 11 players with their yet to be launched Verna Sedan car if they win the Cup. Hyundai is the official car partner for the ICC 2011 World Cup.
"We will be extremely delighted to felicitate the Indian cricket team with the all-new Verna much ahead of its market launch in the country. This is part of our continuous effort to bring passion to cricket", Hyundai Motor India Managing Director and CEO Hang-Woo Park said in a statement.
"I wish team India all the very best and hope they realise the dream of the nation to win the World Cup," he added.