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Ind vs Ned: India made the mistake of taking Netherlands as a constituency 19 years ago, now ‘that’ mistake will not be repeated

New Delhi: 12 February 2003, Grounds Boland Park in South Africa. The Indian team emerged as a strong contender in the World Cup. The team had star players from Sachin Tendulkar to Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly. Along with this was the youthful spirit of Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif and Virender Sehwag. India faced Netherlands in the first match of the tournament. This was the first time in international cricket, when the two teams met each other.

Team India came to play first

For India, the challenge of Netherlands was supposed to be easy but the story changed as soon as the match started. Sourav Ganguly struggled on the pitch from the start and was dismissed for 8 runs off 32 balls. Virender Sehwag could score only 6 runs. Only 17 runs came from Rahul Dravid’s bat, that too from 38 balls. Sachin Tendulkar scored a half-century with one end but he too was dismissed for 52 runs.

Dinesh Mongia at number 7 scored 42 and Yuvraj Singh scored 37 and somehow the team’s score crossed the 200-run mark. India’s innings ended at 204 runs in the 49th over. Fast bowler Tim de Leed took 4 wickets for Netherlands. Adil Raza, born in Lahore, dismissed 2 batsmen.

Srinath and Kumble became trouble

Chasing a target of 205 runs, the Netherlands began to smell victory but Javagat Srinath and Anil Kumble came in between. Among the top 8 batsmen of the Netherlands, Dan Van Bung scored 62 runs. But apart from that, 7 batsmen could score only 7 runs together. 7 of his batsmen returned to the pavilion on a score of 54.

Edgar Shifferly, who landed at number 9, scored 13 and Jeroen Smits, who landed at number 10, scored 26 runs to take the team to 136 runs. India may have won by 68 runs but Netherlands won hearts. After this there was a competition between India and Netherlands in the 2011 World Cup. There, India lost 5 wickets in achieving the target of 190 runs.

A clash with the Netherlands again

After 19 years of this match, the Indian team is all set to face the Netherlands in the T20 World Cup 2022. This will be the first T20 match between the two teams. Team India will not want to repeat the batting mistake this time. Netherlands have played 4 matches in this tournament so far. They have won only two but their bowlers have done well.

The team restricted UAE to 111, Namibia to 121, Sri Lanka to 162 and Bangladesh to 144. The bass de lead has taken 9 wickets in 4 matches. He is joint-top in terms of taking the most wickets in the tournament. This is the reason why Team India will not want to make the same mistake this time, which was done 19 years ago.

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