Netherlands intent on keeping proud #WT20 record going
The captain of the men in orange believes his side can go through to the Super 10 for the second consecutive ICC World Twenty20
09 March 2016 12:35
“I have enjoyed watching the development of the team over the years,” Borren stated, stressing on the confidence he bestowed on his men. “From where we were to where we are now, a lot of credit has to got to a lot of people, and I’m certainly very proud of what we’ve achieved so far.”
Netherlands are placed in Group A along with Bangladesh, Oman and Ireland in the upcoming World T20. Their tournament opener, a crucial contest, is against the dangerous Bangladesh side on March 9. Only if Borren’s men finish on top of their group will they move on to the Super 10 stage.
“It’s not an easy competition to get through to Super 10,” Borren admitted. “We managed to get through in 2014 and that’s what we are going to try and do again.
“You got four teams and all those teams have got a chance. The biggest challenge for us is going to be to turn up on three days and be aware of the fact that we cannot afford to have a single bad day, considering the format. With there being four teams and one team going through, we’ve got nothing to lose. And that makes us a pretty dangerous side, I guess.”
Netherlands’ 15-man squad for the tournament is made up of a number of seasoned campaigners with a lot of international cricket under their belt, but Borren said it’s the youngsters who should be looking forward to playing in India, in front of big crowds, the most.
“For the young guys, it’ll be a massive experience,” he said. “I can remember the game against India in Delhi, with 40,000 people at the Kotla and when Tendulkar and Sehwag walked out to bat, it was crazy. The crowd was deafening.
“And in Bangladesh in 2014 – not as big as the Indian crowd but they still make a lot of noise. Those are some things that stay with you forever. It is always a thrill and a lot of fun for everyone involved to play in such cricket-mad venues.”
Borren, who was born in Christchurch, represented New Zealand alongside Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor and Neil Broom in the 2002 Under-19 World Cup before moving to the Netherlands.
“I played the Under-19 World Cup when I was still in school,” Borren revealed. “A year later, I got a chance to play club cricket in Amsterdam and I loved the idea. My father is Dutch, so I stayed back in Holland. Honestly, I was not a very good cricketer, and had I stayed back in New Zealand, I would probably have never been a Test cricketer.
“Instead, I not only have had the wonderful opportunity to travel the world and play in different places, but also had the opportunity to lead an associate team. It’s been a wonderful experience, and I am glad I made the move.”
Like Borren, Wesley Barresi, Stephan Myburgh, and Mudassar Bukhari – all of whom are probably playing in their final World Cup – have also had the option of choosing a future elsewhere at some point in their careers. But their decision to stick with Netherlands, and their collective efforts over the past decade or so, have managed to haul the side to the gates of glory.