"Had No Idea About National Anthem": Dirk Nannes Recalls Netherlands' Historic 2009 T20 World Cup Win Vs England
Dirk Nannes took a walk down memory lane and spoke about Netherlands famous win against England in the 2009 T20 World Cup
One of the few cricketers to represent multiple international teams, Dirk Nannes has had the honour to represent Australia and Netherlands in international cricket. The pacer represented Netherlands in the 2009 T20 World Cup in England, where they also sealed a historic win against the hosts by four wickets at Lord's. The Dutch were chasing a target of 163 runs and the game went till the final delivery, with the side needing two runs to win. In the final ball, Stuart Broad's direct throw at the stumps resulted in an overthrow and batters Edgar Schiferli and Ryan ten Doeschate took two runs to seal victory. Speaking on cricket.com, Nannes opened up on how side prepared for the match against England in 2009 and he also quipped that he "had no idea about the national anthem".
"I was playing for a country that I've never had really lived in, the Netherlands. We had to get up and we had to sing the national anthem. And I had no idea about the national anthem. So the day before, we had a sheet of paper and we had to go and learn the national anthem", he said.
"And four hours in, I learned that I'm just going to shut my mouth and try not to sing at all! We went out and had it at Lord's. It was fantastic!"
The 45-year-old also recalled how the match made him and his teammates anxious.
He stated, "England made 163 and I was nervous. I stayed up in the changing room and didn't want to be a fidgety influence on the sidelines. I was sitting up in the change room, and every single nick, every top-edge went for a six. I and Ryan ten Doeschate were sitting in the room and we were wondering, 'When are we going to lose?"
"It got to the point that we were getting close. I got down and changed. My last memory was Stuart Broad in the last over. He bowled 6 balls and they had chances on all six balls. Once we won, I was sprinting out to the ground! We celebrated in the hotel. The English press was savaging the English team!"
The 2009 T20 World Cup saw Pakistan win the title, defeating Sri Lanka in the final. Chasing a target of 139 runs, Pakistan reached 139 for two in 18.4 overs, with Shahid Afridi smacking an unbeaten knock of 54 runs off 40 balls.