Netherlands probably might well not be the leading associates of the ICC but their once prolific batsman Ryan ten Doeschate is considered as one of the finest ever from a non-Test playing nation.
With five centuries under his belt in all internationals – the joint second-best among the non-elites – and an overall career average of 62 that is the best among any player with more than a hundred runs in international career, the Dutchman was the first from a lesser ranked nation to earn an IPL contract. He was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders dressing room for five seasons.
On his 37th birthday, let us walk through those five century knocks that he hammered in his short international career – two of them being scripted in the 2011 World Cup in India.
119 (110 balls, 9×4, 3×6) v England, Nagpur, February 2011: In what was perhaps the innings of his career, Tendo took upon an English attack consisting James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan as the quicks with Graeme Swann the good spinning option and the medium pace of Paul Collingwood always a perfect for the fifth bowler. With the fall of Wesley Barresi in the 12th over, the South Africa-born came into the middle and stayed there for 36 more end changes to take his side to a commanding 292. His sixes came one each off Pietersen, Swann and Collingwood. Later the medium pacer would return with the cherry too with the best figures for the Dutch again – two for 47 off his ten. An all-around batting display led by skipper Andrew Strauss would take the English side home. Doeschate was adjudged man of the match.
109* (125 balls, 9×4, 0x6) v Bermuda, Nairobi, February 2007: In a match winning performance in a Division One game, the medium pacer picked up three for 37 to skittle the Bermudans to 194. Coming at one down on the fifth ball of the chase, the best of the day Doeschate raked up his maiden ton – in a partnership of 177 with the more cautious Bas Zuiderent (71) – as the Netherlands pocketed the match with plenty to spare.
109* (121 balls, 10×4, 4×6) v Kenya, Nairobi, February 2010: On a pitch where the rest failed to go, Ryan scored 109 of his team’s 219 and held up one end to ensure they play the 50 overs fully. Zuiderent was the next best for the “Oranges” with 21. The bottom seven could register only single digit scores. Doeschate started with the new ball too – accounting one for 36 from 7 overs. Kenya posted a thumping win to take the early lead in the bilateral series.
106* (84 balls, 9×4, 3×6) v Kenya, Potchefstroom, April 2009: In a World Cup qualifier match, Doeschate picked up the only maiden of the innings besides striking twice in his full quota as Kenya set a target of 248. With his side tottering at 62/3 in the 18th, Doeschate and Zuiderent (64*) ensured they seal victory without taking it down the wire. Doeschate’s express strike-rate of 126 was at all contrast with his partner’s pedestrian 68. No guess who won the man of the match award.
106 (108 balls, 13×4, 1×6) v Ireland, Kolkata, March 2011: In another World Cup encounter, the prolific run-machine of Holland joined forces with skipper Peter Borren (84) to pile up 306 against the Irish side. In reply, Paul Stirling brutalized the Dutch bowling with a ton as they romped home sans much hiccups. Doeschate went expensive with the ball – finishing with one for 58 in his nine despite bowling a maiden.
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