Watch highlights – India vs Netherlands – the Group B game from the 2011 World Cup
Scoreline: Netherlands 189 all out – Peter Borren 38 (36) | Zaheer Khan 6.4-20-3, Chawla and Yuvraj 2 each
India win in 36.3 – Yuvraj Singh 51 no, Sehwag 39 | Seelaar 10-1-53-3
One of the main things I was looking forward to in this game was how Seelar would go against the Indians. Seelaar along with Dockrell from Ireland has looked like someone who could make the squads (if not playing XI) of quite a few of the other teams here. Dockrell had a pretty good game against India while Seelaar coming into this game had blocked up Chris Gayle and been taken down by AB in the SA batting powerplay. It was irrelevant if he got hammered vs India (even Swann got hit the other day). What was more interesting to see was how he’d react.
You could spend your cricket-viewing years looking at games from an individualistic player point of view, but when a World Cup comes around, you tend to look at how your team is going. So as an Indian fan it made me a little nervous to hear overconfident commentators, Kohli-Harbhajan dancing after the initial burst and the early introduction of Yusuf. Almost like India thought they could pummel this game into submission.
Ideally, the stutter India had today will sober them up and keep them from buying into all the external hype around them. You look at Sachin. For most of his career he’s been aggressive, dominant and dismissive (in his strokeplay); but there wouldn’t be a single game in that career, where a respect for the sport and opposition would be missing.
There is the other perspective of course, which would be something like – stop being such a pessimistic wreck. Yusuf at 3 and India’s overall attacking game was merely a tactical decision to make the best of conditions before the ball got old and everything went slow. Ok, maybe.
Other than that, very very gratifying to see the management sticking with Chawla. Given the Indian bowling and Harbhajan’s indifference so far, Piyush could well be the bowling equivalent of a Yusuf Pathan.