Friday, December 2, 2022



Dirk Nannes Recalls Netherlands’ Historic 2009 T20 World Cup Win Vs England, Says “Had No Idea About National Anthem”



Key highlights

  • Dirk Nannes, the dutch national is one of those few cricketers who has played for more than one team in his life
  • Dirk Nannes has played for Australia, Netherlands
  • Nannes, now an Australian – Dutch commentator recall the days from his past when he struggled to sing the national anthem of the other teams and so on.

Dirk Nannes, is a name very few people in the cricketing world are aware off. He is one of the few cricketers in the world, who’s got the privilege to play in more than 1 team in the world. In other words, he was kind of a multinational player. Dirk being a Dutch national, has played for the teams like Australia & Netherlands.

The now commentator, recalls of his day back from the 2009 T20 world cup when he was representing the Netherlands team and the host were the Englishmen.

While his talks with the team of, Nannes opens up about his journey with Dutch team and how his side is prepared for. Nannes talks about the match that took between the them (Netherlands) and the hosts, the England team, and it was the final delivery, and where the dutch team needed only two runs to win.

At the time, the two players from Netherlands’s who were present at the crease were Edgar Schferli and Ryan Ten Doeschate. In that match, the English player, Stuart Broad while trying to hit the stumps directly, but made a major blunder by overthrowing it. The dutch player taking advantage of the situation managed to take two runs and won the match. Dirk 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!”



This is not the news here, but is about the national anthem that Nannes knew not how to sing, he said,

“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”

In the year 2009, Pakistan were the world cup champions and the runners up against them were the Sri-Lanka team. In the final match, Sri Lanka gave 139 runs for the Pakistan team achieve but back then who knew Shahid Afridi would come blistering the Sri Lankans and snatching the man of the match.

In that game Shahid made 54 off 40 balls and was declared the man of the match.

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