It was in Dunedin, of all places, that Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar first met in an international match. In the far south of New Zealand, two future legends lined up in an ODI; Ponting a 20-year-old who was in his third outing for his country, Tendulkar at 21 already a veteran of India's team, with 11 international centuries to his name. Great things were predicted for both men.
Sixteen years and 76 meetings later, Tendulkar and Ponting are the two leading run scorers in international cricket history, and they'll walk out on to the Motera ground in Ahmedabad, each hoping to end the other's World Cup career. There's every chance they will play again, when India tour Australia for a Test series later this year, but there's also the possibility this will be their final showdown. And their situations could hardly be more different.