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Netherlands’ Roelof van der Merwe said the catch of David Miller against South Africa was right up there with his best catches. Van der Merwe took a crucial catch against his former side to knock them out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the Super-12 stage.
Van der Merwe’s catch helped Netherlands’ beat South Africa (AP)
By India Today Web Desk: Netherlands’ Roelof van der Merwe said the catch of David Miller against South Africa was right up there with his best catches. Van der Merwe took a crucial catch against his former side to knock them out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the Super-12 stage.
Speaking with ESPNcricinfo, Van der Merwe said Miller’s catch was probably right up there with his best catches.
“I’ve had enough of it now! It was brilliant. It’s a happy moment for Dutch cricket and I was elated that I was part of it. It was probably right up there with my best catches,” said Van der Merwe.
Van der Merwe went on to explain the catch, saying he knew he had to make a bit of ground to get to the ball in order to dismiss Miller.
“When it went up, I knew I was going to have to make a bit of ground. Even though everything happens in fast-forward, you still think, it’s Miller. You see the whole game situation in those few seconds,” Van der Merwe added.
Van der Merwe addressed his South African past, saying he still has a soft spot for the South African team, adding that he is mates with a lot of the players.
“I still have a soft spot for them in my heart. I’m mates with so many of those guys, and we’ve played so much cricket together. My feeling was a little bit unsure on the whole fixture and how it unfolded. It’s great that we won, but there was a little part of me that felt a bit sad. But I suppose that’s sport: they were outfought and we played better cricket than them on the day. We deserved it,” said Van der Merwe.
Finally, the Dutch star said the whole team was watching Pakistan’s win against Bangladesh, which confirmed the fourth spot in the group for them.
“We were all glued to the screen and supporting [Pakistan]. It was just the cherry on top for our tournament, Pakistan doing that,” Van der Merwe added.
Pakistan are now set to face England in the final of the T20 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.