Containing Gayle will be the key: Ten Doeschate

New Delhi, Feb 25 (PTI) Holland''s star all-rounder Ryanten Doeschate, whose heroics almost caused the first upset ofthe World Cup in Nagpur, said his team was already focusing ontheir next game against West Indies and the main target wouldbe to stop devastating opener Chris Gayle.

"Containing Chris Gayle is going to be a key task. Wewill put in place a plan in the next couple of days and worktowards playing a good game of cricket," said ten Doeschate.

The 30-year-old, however admitted that it would be toughto replicate last match''s performance, where they had posted achallenging 292 for six against England on Tuesday.

"It will be difficult to replicate the batting but if wemanage to do that we would probably look at ourselves as abetter team. We know that we have to perform better with theball," said the all-rounder.

"Had we come up with a better bowling performance in thelast match we would have won that game. So we must be ready tobowl well so that we should be chasing a gettable total," headded.

Ten Doeschate, who hit a 110-ball 119 and then took twowickets for 47 against England, said even though they ended upon the losing side, it was still a good start to their WorldCup campaign.

"It was a good experience. The whole game was quiteenjoyable. It was not easy to lose it from that stage but thestart up to the World Cup was a great game," he said.

Being just one of the four professional players in theDutch team, ten Doeschate admitted that it was frustrating notto be able to play against enough quality sides.

"It is a major frustration for me. If I would havestarted young I would have had better opportunity to play forSouth Africa. I developed pretty late. It was county cricketwhere I developed my game. The opportunity is obviously nowlot less," he said.

He, however, expressed satisfaction over his decision tomove to Holland.

"Well, at that time, it was the only decision availableto me ... it''s a bit of a cause and effect situation I supposelooking back. Playing for Holland is an opportunitynonetheless and it''s a great privilege to play in tournamentlike this," said the right-handed batsman.

From bowling all-rounder to batting all-rounder, tenDoeschate explained the shift, "I joined Essex in 2003, I wasan out and out bowler when I joined Essex, I batted down theorder and scored few runs. Later I was promoted up the order.

I worked really hard on my bowling."

Making the most of touring India, ten Doeschate went tosee Taj Mahal yesterday but the long journey from the Capitalto Agra made him sick and he had to sit out of the team''s netsession that took place in the morning today.

"Had 11 hours in the bus, that''s why I''m sick," he said.

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