Inspired by Afghanistan, the Dutch want ‘ideal game’ vs India

FILE PHOTO:Cricket - South Africa v Netherlands - 2nd One Day International - Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa - March 31, 2023 Netherlands' Teja Nidamanuru walks after losing his wicket REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/ File photo

All-rounder Teja Nidamanuru remarked that the Netherlands are not scared to play India, the only undefeated side in the competition, to end their 50-over World Cup campaign on Sunday.

After qualifying, the Dutch team defeated Bangladesh and shocked South Africa, winning two of their first eight games.

After losing to England on Wednesday, Nidamanuru stated, “I think to play arguably the best team in the competition at the top of the table is something we’re very excited about, and it’s another opportunity for us.”

“Every time we step on the park, we’re trying to showcase our skills and do the best that we can, especially being at the World Cup and coming through the journey that we’ve done.”

The Dutch had won two World Cups for the first time, but Nidamanuru thought their play had been patchy.

“We haven’t put together the ideal game yet, if I’m really honest.”

Nidamanuru, a middle-order batsman who bowls off-spin, claimed that competing at the highest level was challenging due to a lack of resources at home.

“And then you’re thrust onto the ICC World Cup scene, or the qualifiers, and then you’re facing quality bowlers who are bowling 135-plus kmph or turning the ball and bowling it long and effectively,” he stated.

Nidamanuru stated that the Dutch might significantly improve with more experience playing against elite teams, even with the disparity in resources at the World Cup. He gave Afghanistan as an example since they had only won once in the previous two World Cups but have shocked three past winners in the current tournament.

“We see this as a learning block, but we’re out there to compete,” he stated. “No one comes to lose or to play badly.”

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