New Delhi, Feb 25 (PTI) Way behind soccer and hockey inthe popularity charts back home, the Netherlands cricket teamis in a state of disbelief at the massive media coverage theirbraveheart performance in the World Cup has generated as theyare used to just 10 minutes of TV space in a whole year.
The Oranje brigade''s impressive show against England inthe opening match of the ongoing World Cup has done a world ofgood for the game back home and the cricketers too areenjoying every bit of media limelight they are getting here."It is unbelievable and we are not used to it. Cricketgets just 10 minutes of TV time a year in Netherlands and thattoo if there are any controversies like the match-fixingscandal, Bob Woolmer''s death etc," the Netherlands teammanager Ed van Nierop said with a smile.
"We get just a few millimeters space in papers but nowthe interest has grown. Just before our first match, StudioShow, the most watched sport show in Netherlands aired a 50minute documentary on the team and it was widely accepted bythe people," he said.
Riding on Ryan ten Doeschate''s all-round heroics, theNetherlands gave a scare to England in their tournament-openerby piling up 292 for six. If not for an inexperienced bowlingattack, the Dutch would have created the first upset of theWorld Cup in Nagpur on Tuesday.
Considering the fact they play most of their cricketindoors and boast of only four professional players, it is ahuge achievement for a small nation. The players also knowthat impressive outings in a big event like the World Cup cangenerate interest for the sport back home. .