In the science fiction television series, Star Trek, set in the 24th century, baseball is an obscure sport that nobody plays or watches any more. On current trends, this will be the fate of cricket by the middle of this century.
After a poor tour to the Antipodes ahead of the World Cup, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is thrilled with the way his players have bounced back when it counts, recording big wins over Pakistan and South Africa.
South Africa were well below par in all areas in their World Cup group match against India on Sunday, with the Melbourne fans making it seem like a home game for India as they romped to a 130-run win.
Excitement is at fever pitch in both nations for this encounter, where India will have huge support at the ground, and both side are unbeaten coming into the vital clash.
India batsman Virat Kohli wants his side to beat South Africa in a World Cup Pool B match at the MCG on Sunday, as that, he says, will give the Asian team the self-belief they need to go deep into the tournament.