ICC World Cup 2023: Van Meekeren — the ‘Uber Eats’ supply boy who delivered massive for the Dutch towards South Africa


This can be an period of brief consideration span and fading recollections, however social media has its personal approach of remembering. On Tuesday, even because the cricketing world was nonetheless coming to phrases with Netherlands’ sensational win over South Africa within the World Cup, the net world dug out the rags-to-riches story of Dutch pacer Paul van Meekeren.

In November 2020, when the T20 World Cup was initially slated to be held in Australia however was cancelled due to Covid, van Meekeren was working as a supply agent for meals ordering firm Uber Eats. “Ought to’ve been taking part in cricket right now, now I’m delivering Uber eats to get by the winter months!! Humorous how issues change… hahaha… hold smiling folks,” the burly van Meekeren had posted on-line.

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Three years on, the Amsterdam native was one of many stars of the victory over Temba Bavuma’s males, bowling 9 overs for 40 runs and choosing up two wickets, together with the prized scalp of Aiden Markram who was castled by a ball that nipped again in.

“Within the innings break there was a transparent message about bowling cross seams,” a jubilant van Meekeren informed reporters within the combined zone. “We felt the wicket was a bit two-paced. And we knew we needed to begin effectively as a result of their [South Africa’s] top-six had loads of firepower. However from seven onwards, we felt there’s an actual weak point.”

“Should you get the chance to open up one finish, you must take it. We didn’t do this towards Pakistan within the first sport however right here we simply didn’t maintain again.”

Road Sensible

In comparison with the 9 different nations competing in India, Netherlands isn’t blessed with eye-popping expertise. However what it lacks in star energy, it makes up with sheer workforce effort and a few street-smart cricket. Towards the Proteas, No. 9 batter Roelof van der Merwe and No. 10 Aryan Dutt had been the second and third-highest run-getters behind skipper Scott Edwards.

“I believe I’m the one participant who’s not within the batting assembly,” stated a grinning van Meekeren, who bats at No. 11. “However we all know we’ve acquired that firepower all the way in which [down]. You noticed Aryan at No. 10 hitting some massive bombs.

“We bat deep however weren’t capable of set that platform within the first two video games. Perhaps a little bit of rustiness or World Cup fever. However we’re moving into that rhythm of taking part in massive groups and doing the precise issues for longer.” With extra performances like Tuesday’s, the world will want no reminding of van Meekeren and his teammates.



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