Sachin Tendulkar returns to his home city for a date with destiny on Saturday as India and Sri Lanka contest the World Cup final at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.
A World Cup victory is one of the few remaining unfulfilled ambitions for the Little Master, who, should he mark the occasion with a century, would become the first batsman to score 100 international hundreds.
If all of that makes an India win seem almost pre-ordained then spare a thought for Sri Lanka, who will aim to spoil the hosts' party and give Muttiah Muralitharan a fitting send off.
Muralitharan, the leading wicket taker in Test and one-day history, is making his international swansong and his battle with Tendulkar - two masters of their craft - will be among the most anticipated of subplots.
Both teams advanced from their respective groups at the six-week marathon in second place having suffered one defeat apiece.
Sri Lanka's solitary blip in the group stage came with a loss to Pakistan, while India tied with England and were beaten by South Africa.
But each squad has saved their best for the knockout phase, Sri Lanka - buoyed by home advantage in Colombo - have strangled the life out of England and New Zealand.
India, meanwhile, ended the reign of three-time defending champions Australia in the last eight and then came through against great rivals Pakistan in a pressure-cooker semi-final.
At least one change will be necessary to Sri Lanka's starting XI as all-rounder Angelo Mathews has been ruled out with the muscle strain.
Spinner Suraj Randiv has been added to the 15-man party but Nuwan Kulasekara appears the obvious like-for-like replacement.
There are also fitness concerns over Muralitharan, who has struggled with a variety of injuries throughout the tournament but is highly unlikely to be denied the chance to weave the old magic one last time.
India also have a selection decision as left-arm paceman Ashish Nehra misses out due to a broken finger.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni suggested at his pre-match press conference he is keen to retain the three-man seam attack that proved Pakistan's downfall, in which case Shanthakumaran Sreesanth would get the nod. The other option is a recall for spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was surprisingly dropped for the semi-final.
The newly-laid pitch at the Wankhede Stadium offers more pace and carry than is found at many Indian venues and has looked full of runs during the previous two matches held there during the event, including Sri Lanka's 112-run success over New Zealand in the group stage.
India have won 67 of the 128 previous ODIs between the sides but in World Cup play Sri Lanka hold a 4-2 edge.
Each country has one previous triumph at the 50-over showpiece - now into its 10th edition - to their name, India back in 1983 when they shocked West Indies at Lord's and Sri Lanka in 1996 after taking down Australia in the final.
More recently it has been a tale of final heartache, Australia seeing off India eight years ago and Sri Lanka last time but, with the men in green and gold having long since returned home, the stage is set for a new world champion to be crowned for the first time since 1999.