Dutch skipper wants to take confidence from World T20 win
Nagpur: The Netherlands captain Peter Borren feels that their victory against England in the Twenty20 World Cup at Lord`s in 2009 has instilled confidence in them to take on the best in the business.
"That night (June 5, 2009) gave us a lot of confidence. I would like to think that we will take confidence from that win," Borren told reporters ahead of his team`s World Cup opening match against England at the VCA Stadium at Jamtha tomorrow.
Asked whether 50-over format will prove to be a difficult one for them, Borren said, "Agreed 50-over is a different format but we have played a lot of ODIs. It`s not a surprise to us."
The 27-year old all-rounder, who did not play the two warm-up games due to abdominal strain, informed that he won`t be able to bowl.
"I will only bat," he said.
The former New Zealand colts batsman, however, refused to be drawn into the controversy regarding whether it was right on the part of the ICC to slash the number of teams to 10 for the next World Cup.
"This issue is not really something I am focusing on at the moment. We need to prove ourselves on the field. But Associates offer a lot to the World Cup," he said.
He said that there would definitely be a change in strategy as Kevin Pietersen will open the innings for England.
"Obviously it`s a change. We are aware what he is capable of. He is a dangerous player and we have got to take our chances and I expect to do so."
When it comes to soccer and field hockey, the Dutchmen are considered to be one of the best in the business but Borren believes that the willow wielders will also enjoy their share of limelight if they perform well in the World Cup.
"It will help us in developing the sport in the country. Cricket in the Netherlands is developing but we still have a lot of work to do. We don`t get a lot of coverage in the media despite of our fourth World Cup appearance," he said.
Borren also took the opportunity to thank Indian dairy giants Amul for sponsoring the team for the World Cup.
"We are extremely grateful to them."
Asked about the Netherlands` chances of playing Test cricket, Borren said curtly, "I don`t see that happening in near future."