The Netherlands has done it! They have sealed the qualification spot for 2023 ODI World Cup, which will be held in India. They beat Scotland by four wickets to become the tenth team to qualify for the multi-nation tournament, which begins in October.
Let’s go back in time and look at Netherlands history at ODI World Cup cricket.
However, this is not the first time they have qualified for the World Cup. Interestingly, their last appearance came in the 2011 World Cup, which happened in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
For ODI Cricket World Cup Betting, Netherlands may look like underdogs, but their odds will be higher, if they pin down a match. Let’s look at their potential.
Netherlands History at ODI World Cup
The game of cricket has been played for too long in the Netherlands. In the 1860s, cricket was the dominant sport in the country, but it all changed when Football became popular, leaving cricket far behind.
The Netherlands Cricket Association was formed in 1890 but got accreditation from the ICC way later, in 1966.
Since then, the team has shown great fight in ICC qualifying tournaments.
However, they have never made a difference in the main World Cup tournaments, where they appeared on four occasions.
The country enjoyed full ODI status from January 1 2006 to February 1, 2014. They, however, regained their ODI status after the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.
Here, it must be mentioned that the Netherlands have played in 11 ICC Cricket World Cup qualifiers, winning the edition in Canada in 2001. Moreover, they also ended up as runners-up in two editions—1986 and 1990.
Unlike ODI and Test status, which the Netherlands never got, the Dutch have always enjoyed full-time T20 status. Later on, the ICC gave all the cricket teams full memberships in the shortest format.
Netherlands ODI Cricket World Cup History | All 4 Matches
As mentioned above, they have qualified for the tournament on four occasions. Let’s take a look at each of these editions in a year-wise manner.
1996 ODI World Cup:
In 1996, the Netherlands qualified for the World Cup for the very first time. They did so by finishing third in that year’s ICC Trophy, which acted as a qualifier.
Although the Netherlands were knocked out in the very first round, they did make an impact against big brother neighbor England.
- Played the first match against New Zealand, losing the game by a massive 119 runs.
- In the second match, they pushed England. Chasing 295, they managed not to get all out, finishing at 230/6. However, they lost the match by 49 runs.
- Against hosts Pakistan in the next match, they were beaten black and blue. They batted first, posting a score of 145/7. Pakistan made a mockery of that target, winning the match with 20 overs to spare.
In their final match, they lost to minnow UAE. After batting first, they posted a mediocre 216/9, which was chased down.
2003 ODI World Cup:
Seven years later, the Netherlands was back on the big stage. They had sealed the deal upon winning the ICC Trophy in 2001.
However, they yet again failed to qualify for the next round but managed to win their first World Cup match against Namibia.
- They pushed India in their opening match, bowling them out for just 204. However, they couldn’t chase down the target, losing the match by 68 runs.
- Against England in their next match, they were restricted to a below-par score of 142/9. England hunted down the target with ease.
- They were up against World Champions Australia in their next match, which saw a rain interruption. However, what didn’t change was their losing streak. Australia had batted first, and after rain, they needed 186 to win. However, the Aussie bowling attack was too good, and they lost the match by 76 runs.
- In the next game against Pakistan, they failed to chase down a target of 254, losing the match by 97 runs.
- They proved no match for Zimbabwe in their next encounter as well. They failed to chase down a 302-run target, losing the match by 99 runs.
Meanwhile, in their final Cup game, they posted a humongous 315-run target, winning the match against Namibia by 64 runs.
2007 ODI World Cup:
The Netherlands qualified for the tournament courtesy of a fifth-place finish in the ICC Trophy 2005. Nevertheless, they yet again failed to proceed beyond the first round. They, however, beat Scotland after losing to two powerhouse teams.
- Taking on a mighty South Africa in the very first game, they were beaten by a massive 221 runs as they failed to chase down a target of 354.
- After losing to South Africa, they were up against World Champions Australia. And luck did them no favours. They lost the match by a massive 229 runs.
However, they did beat Scotland by eight wickets to end the World Cup on a high. Thanks to some effective bowling, Scotland was all out for 136; in reply, the Netherlands won the match by 8 wickets.
2011 ODI World Cup:
The Dutchmen returned to the World Cup in 2011, but once again failed to progress beyond the first round.
They played six matches, losing on all occasions. After this, they never appeared in the World Cup until they qualified this year.
- They played their opening match against England, setting a more than respectable target of 293. However, their bowling couldn’t stop the English batters, and they lost the match by six wickets.
- They were no match for the West Indies in the next match either. They lost it by 215 runs as they failed to chase down a target of 331.
- In the next match against South Africa, they failed to chase down a 352-run target, losing the match by a massive margin of 231 runs.
- In their fourth clash of the 2011 World Cup, they were up against hosts India. They got all out for 189 and saw themselves beaten by five wickets.
- Even against Bangladesh in the fifth match, they were all out for 160, losing the match by six wickets.
Even in the final match, which was a high-scoring thriller, the Netherlands couldn’t defend the target of 308, losing the match to Ireland by six wickets.
Final Thoughts on Netherlands History at ODI World Cups
As can be seen above from the information provided, it is clear that the Netherlands had disappointing campaigns at the ODI World Cup. Can they buck the trend this year?
Well, they will have some great teams for the company. However, if they play well, they can definitely beat some middle-table teams.
They will have to concentrate on their resources and find out who their match winners are. Let’s wait and watch how their tale for the year unfolds.