• Monday, March 02, 2015

Dutch dream of legacy

Naimul Karim from Chittagong

The emphatic manner in which Netherlands entered the Super 10s has so far been the story of this ICC World Twenty20. The men in orange's unpredictable outburst in their last game, where they chased down 190-odd in 13.5 overs, to a certain extent even overshadowed the most sought-after cricketing rivalry in this part of the world -- an India-Pakistan contest -- later that evening.
It also spoilt the party for a group of Irish supporters, who had pre-booked hotel rooms in Chittagong.
So when a sturdy Peter Borren, in his deep-blue practice jersey, arrived in the pre-match press conference at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday he faced the most obvious question first up: "Peter, before the Ireland game, what do you think Holland would have been doing this week?"
It was an uncharted territory for the 30-year-old, whose side last played in this event back in 2009, and it took him a few seconds before he conjured a reply.
"Before our game against Ireland, we were sort of hoping to be here I guess. Otherwise we would have just been home," Borren smirked.
"It was not going to be as difficult as it ended up being, Zimbabwe thrashed UAE and made our job harder. I guess the chance was small because of Zimbabwe. Perhaps the belief was there that we might be going home, but it took something special at the end… excited to be here!" he added.
Having stormed into the second round, they start against favourites Sri Lanka in an expectedly dewy evening today. As tough as the challenge may be, Borren believes that they can make the most of this opportunity.

"We are not there in the 50-over World Cup and it might be a couple of years before we get to play at this level. I guess we have that memory from 2009 [win against England] which is fading now a little bit. And it would be great to come here and do well," said Borren.
Borren wants to ensure that his side leave a legacy for Holland.
"It wasn't an easy task to make it to Bangladesh in the first place. We deserve to enjoy this and hopefully win a game or two. We will want to leave this stage with people remembering the orange shirts out there," said Borren.
The fact that Holland have come this far without the likes of Ryan ten Doeschate, their most famous international player, goes on to show the game's steady growth in the country.
"Ryan's unavailable. You have to ask Ryan, maybe he does not care for it, I don't know, either ways we are used to without him," said a confident Borren.
Sri Lanka captain, Dinesh Chandimal, from his side believes that the Lankans will have to bring in their best game to beat the Dutch.
"I watched the game between Ireland and Netherlands. Netherlands played some really good cricket. We played some really good cricket in the first game and we need to continue that.
"We never underestimate any ream, we will play our best eleven and look to win," he added.
Furthermore Chandimal believed that his band of spinners would be ready for the likes of Tom Cooper and Stephan Myburgh, the players who had destroyed Ireland previously.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, March 24, 2014

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