Dutch skipper wants to take confidence from World T20 win

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Kushan Sarkar

Nagpur, Feb 21 (PTI) The Netherlands captain Peter Borrenfeels that their victory against England in the Twenty20 WorldCup at Lord''s in 2009 has instilled confidence in them to takeon the best in the business.

"That night (June 5, 2009) gave us a lot of confidence. Iwould like to think that we will take confidence from thatwin," Borren told reporters ahead of his team''s World Cupopening match against England at the VCA Stadium at Jamthatomorrow.

Asked whether 50-over format will prove to be a difficultone for them, Borren said, "Agreed 50-over is a differentformat but we have played a lot of ODIs. It''s not a surpriseto us."

The 27-year old all-rounder, who did not play the twowarm-up games due to abdominal strain, informed that he won''tbe able to bowl.

"I will only bat," he said.

The former New Zealand colts batsman, however, refused tobe drawn into the controversy regarding whether it was righton the part of the ICC to slash the number of teams to 10 forthe next World Cup.

"This issue is not really something I am focusing on atthe moment. We need to prove ourselves on the field. ButAssociates offer a lot to the World Cup," he said.

He said that there would definitely be a change instrategy as Kevin Pietersen will open the innings for England.

"Obviously it''s a change. We are aware what he is capableof. He is a dangerous player and we have got to take ourchances and I expect to do so."

When it comes to soccer and field hockey, the Dutchmenare considered to be one of the best in the business butBorren believes that the willow wielders will also enjoy theirshare 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 alot of work to do. We don''t get a lot of coverage in the mediadespite of our fourth World Cup appearance," he said.

Borren also took the opportunity to thank Indian dairygiants Amul for sponsoring the team for the World Cup.

"We are extremely grateful to them."

Asked about the Netherlands'' chances of playing Testcricket, Borren said curtly, "I don''t see that happening innear future." PTI KHS PDS

Story first published: Monday, February 21, 2011, 17:30 [IST]
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