The interim head coach of the Netherlands Cricket Team, Ryan Cook, is optimistic about thrashing away Pakistan in the Pak vs NED encounter scheduled for Sunday at the Optus Stadium.
After witnessing Pak vs Zim, he feels if an underdog Zimbabwe can defeat Zimbabwe’s potential Pakistan, then the Netherlands too can.
Ryan further added that playing matches in the T20 World Cup has given them confidence, and they are looking to tackle Pakistan in their upcoming clash.
“I think every team wants to win the game that they play. But, yeah, we’ve obviously seen that Pakistan team is beatable, so that’s good to know,”
“Obviously, playing them in the World Cup Super League not so long ago in the Netherlands has given us a lot of confidence because we came quite close in those matches. Hoping to get over the line this time. It would be great,”
Putting hope in his bowling line-up, the interim coach said that he is looking to further demolish Pakistani batting, coming after the defeats against India and Zimbabwe, respectively.
“Our bowling attack is firing well, and hopefully, we can keep taking for more wickets to give ourselves a bit more time at the back end to be able to make some inroads into the Pakistan batting order,”
On the other hand, he has heaped praise on Pakistani fast bowlers but clearly mentioned that the Netherlands have an idea about what they are up to.
“Pakistan bowlers have a lot of pace, and we’ve faced them before, so we’re more familiar with what they have to throw at us,”
“They do have a very well-varied attack, so we’ll have to put our plans in place for them. Obviously, all the different batters are coming up with their individual plans against them and practising those in the nets, so we’ll be able to bring them out tomorrow in the match,”
While being heavily optimistic about their win against Pakistan, Ryan was quoted as saying,
“I suppose both teams start on zero points tomorrow, and both teams are even in that regard,”
“It’s not up to us how they play, but we can control how we play, and I think that’s really the most important part that we follow those processes and make sure that we tick those boxes for ourselves,”