"It doesn't matter if it's Australia, England, India, they're in it for the first time, they have an opportunity to create history in our game, which means they will never ever be forgotten," Hadlee was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
The 63-year-old said the Black Caps, who have reached their first final after six semi-final losses, had what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to become sporting immortals.
"It's like the rugby when they won it in '87, they've won it twice, and we’re yet to do it. You look at the America's Cup, great moment in our sporting history, win the cricket World Cup and it'll be right up there with our greatest ever achievements,” he said.
Hadlee, a board member of New Zealand Cricket, said in 40 years of World Cup cricket they haven’t won the top prize and it’s high time to clinch it. "We've had 40 years of World Cup cricket and to finally get across the line if we do is part of our cricketing history."
"Being a board member and involved with NZ cricket for a long time, it'd be one of the great moments, very, very special and something I'd love to see in my time," Hadlee concluded.