Dutch hope to get Tendulkar, Yuvraj early
Mindful of Sachin Tendulkar's ability and having watched Yuvraj Singh's all-round show, the Netherlands skipper Peter Borren says his bowlers would look to get the two India batsmen out early when they face off in a group B match of the cricket World Cup in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Borren conceded that it would be quite an uphill task for the European nation to beat the world number two side.
"Sachin is a legend and on top of his game in the World Cup, and he is someone everyone around here in the tournament and people like us look to play against. He is a great player," Borren said on the eve of the match at the Feroze Shah Kotla here.
"But at the same time he is a batsman who can be dismissed like other batsmen and we are looking forward to that. Any of our bowlers having the opportunity to dismiss him and that will be a great entertainment. You need to take your chances against these guys and we are hoping that tomorrow it's going to be the case," he added.
"About Yuvraj he is a dangerous player. He got a few runs the other night. He also picked up five wickets. So you need to create plans for these guys. You need to get them out early," Borren told reporters at the pre-match media interaction.
The Netherlands suffered their third consecutive defeat in the tournament, against South Africa, by a massive 231-run margin in Mohali last week, but Borren said his side still harbours hopes of advancing to the knockout stage, and is looking forward to playing an "exciting" game against the co-hosts.
"This sort of attention and excitement around the match is something very new to us and we are not used to it. Absolutely we have not seen this much interest generating for a particular game. We are looking for an exciting game tomorrow. It's going to be pretty unique experience for us," he said.
"Realistically, we need to take the opposition on. It's a big challenge. Playing these guys in their conditions is going to be a task but we will try to create a surprise. We are a good side. We need to bowl a disciplined line and do some extraordinary catching and fielding. Cricket is a funny game and talented team is capable of creating an upset.
"We are looking at the challenges ahead and a big challenge is tomorrow. If we win rest of our games from here on, we have got a realistic chance of advancing further in the tournament. Ireland and Canada have managed a win in the event and now, we are looking to have one under our belt," he said.