As champions of the 2019 T20 World Championship qualifiers, the Netherlands are, at least on paper, favorites with Sri Lanka to move up from Group A. They came out undefeated in the qualifiers but for just one stage match. groups against Papua New Guinea, on which they took revenge. themselves in the final, the almost complete Dutch team looked a cut above their associate peers, and indeed Ireland – the only full member of the tournament. Unexpectedly returning to the UAE for the tournament itself, the Dutch team superficially has the appearance of a tournament-oriented team in Australia, but their rotating beat attack has proven to be their primary weapon as well. during qualifying, the Dutch regularly playing four crimps through the tournament.
The Netherlands’ relatively low T20I ranking contradicts their consistently strong performances in major tournaments – in reality more an artefact of their systematically being forced to field understaffed teams in bilateral deals. The fact that the entire Dutch squad rarely play together can also prove to be a significant weakness, however, the Netherlands often prove to be slow starters in critical tournaments. This current squad is (apart from the addition of Stephan Myburgh and Logan van Beek) roughly the same one that won qualifying two years ago, but hasn’t played together since. In this context, the inability of the Netherlands to schedule additional preparatory matches despite their early arrival in the Emirates is particularly disconcerting. The stick looked particularly undercooked in their first official warm-up against Scotland, where Mark Watt and Chris Greaves grouped them together for 90 as they collapsed to chase just 123. Although the Dutch middle order is without any strongest doubt they have ever lined up, with the talismanic Ryan ten Doeschate returns in orange alongside newcomer Colin Ackermann and veteran Roelof van der Merwe. The top three are sort of in a state of flux, with a partner for Max O’Dowd at the top still an open question, and a generally timid approach in the power play risking undue pressure on the middle order. While the Dutch pace attack has proven to be able to adapt to most conditions, a cautious approach in the first six overs may prove more crippling on the pitches currently served in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah compared to those of ICC Academy and Dubai two. a few years ago, where the Dutch played most of their matches in qualifying. Nonetheless, a deep batting line, experienced spinning section and balanced and varied seam attack make the Dutch serious contenders for a top-two spot if they can hit the ground running.
The dangerous man: Timm van der Gugten, as a sort of pro toto pars for the Dutch couture attack together. Van der Gugten is no longer as fast as he once was, but he has become a savvy operator, and among the Dutch leaders, best suited to the conditions expected in the Emirates. The Glamorgan crimper will likely be the keystone of the Netherlands’ offense, in addition to lending potential string-clearing power in order to a batting team that has typically dealt more four than six.
Key question: Max O’Dowd’s likely opening partner Stephan Myburgh returns to the side with a mercurial record in T20 WC. His exploits against Ireland, South Africa and England in the 2014 edition were among the most memorable rounds in tournament history, but two years later a brutal blow against Bangladesh was emblematic of the miserable times of the Netherlands at this tournament. Myburgh’s confidence, form and approach could dictate how the Dutch handle the power play gains, and could be either a great asset or a serious weakness in the squad.
Rising star: Philippe Boissevain. The Dutch have been missing out on a frontline wrist spinner since Michael Rippon ran aground in New Zealand, and in the future, the left arm wrist spinner seems destined to don a black cap as soon as possible. . Aiming to complete these shoes is the legpinner Boissevain, still raw but a great ball turner with a knack for throwing out set pieces. He may not have completed this tournament, and that is not the case in qualifying, but even if he does not succeed, it will likely be his last tournament on the bench.
Strengths: The Dutch rhythm attack is endowed with enough wealth in the stitching department that Vivian Kingma or Ryan Klein weren’t even a part of the initial squad, and which playmakers are taking the pitch is yet to be. one question settled. Variations and Timm van der Gugten’s experience on death likely secures a place, while Fred Klaassen adds a left arm option, Paul van Meekeren more bounce and seam movement, and Brandon Glover, the absolute beat, while Logan van Beek and Shane Snater are also the first. class choice. The presence of three spinning all-rounders in Seelaar, Ackermann and van der Merwe also allows the Dutch to play an additional specialist, adding depth and adaptability to the Dutch roster.
Weaknesses: A lack of competitive preseason games left the Dutch undercooked with the bat and unsure of their best team with days to go. The uncertainty over the top three is likely to exacerbate the Netherlands’ now usual shyness in the opening six overs, which saw them post an average power-play score in the mid-1930s during qualifying – a bet that, according to recent results, will likely result in defeat in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi regardless of wickets in hand.
The Dutch stick is statistically vulnerable to quality effects as well, with all but Ackermann having significantly better speed records. You could say that coach Ryan Campbell built a squad for a World Cup in Australia, and with little opportunity to reorient and redefine strategy after the change of venue, a combination of caution with the bat and lack of preparation for the game could be fatal.
Past highs and lows: The Netherlands’ famous last victory over England in the 2009 opener is an etched image in the tournament’s history, although the complete deconstruction of the English five years later is arguably more impressive. On the way to that victory, of course, there was the nearly impossible chase against Ireland which saw them come back from behind to claim the only Super 10 spot offered in their first round group. Not all of their memories of 2014 are so happy, of course. Returning from the 39 all-out humiliation against Sri Lanka, the Dutch established themselves in a winning position against South Africa before wasting their shot on a memorable upset and even a semi-final shot against Imran Tahir. The 8-point margin of their loss to Bangladesh in the 2016 edition also left them wondering what could have happened when the rain washed them out of the tournament against Oman.
Ireland vs Netherlands – Abu Dhabi (Sheikh Zayed) -14h00, Monday 18 October
Netherlands vs Namibia – Abu Dhabi (Sheikh Zayed) -14h00, Wednesday 20 October
Sri Lanka vs Netherlands – Sharjah -18h00, Friday 22 October (D / N)