The Dutch victory over England in the ICC World 20Twenty opener came as a shock to all of the United Kingdom. Nobody had expected this to happen. The cricket match took off with a bad start in any case, due to very bad weather. When it finally started, 20 minutes later than planned, the English team already missed two important players. Kevin Pietersen was injured and Graeme Swann did not make the selection for unknown reasons. Aside from this, the team might have suffered the handicap of having a low opponent. Half way through the inning the Ashes thought their score of 163-6 would be enough, but the Dutch turned out to be tougher than they thought. By then it was too late, they could not catch up anymore. It was not England`s worst performance, but it was: “The worst day for English Cricket!”
First of all, I do not have any expertise in Cricket. Actually, I have only just found out that it does not have anything to do with hitting a small ball through holes, like the ‘cricket’ I use to play as a kid. I therefore find it hard to figure out what the scores mean in this match.
Off course this victory is excellent for The Netherlands. It shows that we are good at other sports than ice-skating and horseback-riding. I do not believe that the English team suffered from the low level of the Dutch team, they suffered from overestimating themselves and, more importantly, underestimating The Netherlands! I think British people have a tendency to do that, they seem to have the general idea that they are superior to the rest of the world. On the other hand, cricket is a typical British sport, so it makes sense that they expect to be good at it. Still, this is a real case of “what goes around, comes around.” I bet they will not easily underestimate us again!