On Tuesday, Dutch opener Max O’Dowd had tweeted the photo from his diary, which he captioned as “what dreams are made of”. In his diary for Thursday, O’Dowd had written “head to the ball”, “Play straight ahead”, “Play late” and “6pm – T20 vs India @ SCG”. While the Netherlands has previously faced India in ODI World Cups, the last of which dates back to the 2011 edition in New Delhi, this will be the first time the two teams have met in a T20I, including in the ongoing showpiece at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
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“It’s huge. You always dream of playing World Cups, and SCG is one of the most famous fields in the world. And add to that you’re playing against perhaps one of the best teams in the world, yes, it is quite surreal. The boys are looking forward to it,” beamed Dutch skipper Scott Edwards in the pre-match press conference.
For the Netherlands, who rarely get to play against full-fledged nations in T20Is, it’s a chance to show their way of cricket to the world against a formidable Indian outfit, as Edwards explained. “For us it’s about playing our kind of cricket and the way we go about it, you don’t try to play how India would play or how Australia would play. We’re trying to play our cricket brand. We think if we play on a sufficiently high level, then you give yourself a chance in those kinds of bigger matches.”
“When I say we call our brand cricket, that’s the way we as a team think we’re performing best. So if we’re performing to the ability we think we can perform, that gives us our best chance of competing. “These teams, when they’re on their day, they’re extremely hard to beat. We’ll have to try and bring our A-game. If it’s not enough, it’s enough. If it’s not, it’s not.”
What also helps the case of the Netherlands is that not many high expectations are imposed on them when they go up against India. “I don’t think there are many people who expect us to win. For us, as I said, we will play our best cricket brand and we will do everything we can to win this match. But there is no pressure on it us in that sense,” added Edwards.
Originally a Melbourne-bred man, Edwards is hoping for older players like Tom Cooper, with a connection to Australia and SCG through domestic cricket club New South Wales, and veteran spin all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe, who wasn’t in their nine. -Loss to Bangladesh by injury, to shine against India.
“Tom, he’s obviously great to have on the squad. He doesn’t have the runs this tournament. But hopefully this is the game he can get going. Both bring a wealth of experience in T20 cricket. That’s huge. for our guys, especially looking at, we have three or four guys who are under 21. They’re huge to have in the group and great for morale.
Indeed, Thursday promises to be a surreal date for the Men in Orange to revel in the challenge of playing against the Indian team, just as O’Dowd wrote in his diary on October 25.