We have to play 'brave cricket' against India: Borren

We have to play 'brave cricket' against India: Borren

The Netherlands are aware that they have failed to live up to the hype they created after pushing England all the way in their opening game in Nagpur. Now they want to focus on playing better and competitive cricket.

The Dutch have suffered a massive 215-run defeat at the hands of the West Indies at Ferozeshah Kotla and followed it up with a 231-run loss to South Africa to slide to the bottom of the Group.

Borren said his side is excited to play in front of a packed stadium -- something, they say, they have seldom witnessed before.

"We are playing for the first time against India and in India. We expect it to be a packed stadium which we are not used to. I hope it will be exciting,” Borren said Tuesday on the eve of the clash.

"We have to play some brave cricket. Our philosophy has been to go out and take on the opposition and put them on the backfoot. We have seen them play and we have played at Kotla before so we are aware of the conditions. Playing against India will be tough and challenging, they are playing in home conditions. Hopefully, we will be competitive tomorrow."

The Netherlands batting, which piled a commendable 292 against England, has crumbled in their last two outings. Borren admitted it was a concern and hoped for a better show Wednesday.

"We are disappointed with our batting in the last two matches, especially after our performance against England. It is a matter of concern when your team is getting out for 100-odd runs. But we certainly have a stronger batting line-up than what it indicates. We are looking for improvement," he said.

Asked how they were planning to tackle the famed Indian batting comprising Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh, Borren said they have plans to tackle the batsmen.

"Sachin is a legend and he is at the top of his game. But he does get out and hopefully one of our bowlers gets the opportunity to do so. Yuvraj is a dangerous player, he came up with a great performance against Ireland. We have to take chances against these guys. We have plans to tackle the Indian batsmen and hopefully we will be able to stick to them," he said.

Borren said Ireland have rightly been praised for their sensational win over England and the fighting performance against India Sunday and his side definitely has a few things to learn from the Irish.

"Ireland are playing great. When India were 100/4, they were in with a chance but Dhoni and Yuvraj did a great job. The Irish have been very disciplined, they have batted and fielded well and we definitely can learn from them," he said.

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