ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Dutch Player Reflects on Virat Kohli Comment, Recalls Memories

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Dutch Player Reflects on Virat Kohli Comment, Recalls Memories

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Wesley Barresi, the lone survivor from the 2011 Cricket World Cup squad in the 2023 edition, shared a memorable anecdote from the past. Barresi, a veteran in the Dutch cricket scene, recalled an incident from the 2011 tournament when he playfully gave a send-off to a young Virat Kohli after the latter’s early dismissal. Barresi humorously told Kohli, “we’ll never see or hear from you again.”

However, Barresi’s comment didn’t age well, considering Kohli’s subsequent rise to become one of India’s top batsmen. Barresi acknowledged the lightheartedness of the incident, explaining, “Maybe I got slightly cocky that night, but looking at that Indian team, they had superstars galore, and Kohli was the youngster, the timing was perfect to hand out a bit of stick. He certainly proved us wrong.”

Reflecting on that moment, Barresi recalled the team’s energy and excitement at having India on the ropes during that match. They felt they had a chance to defeat India on their home turf. Despite losing to India in that match, the atmosphere and the situation motivated them.

In terms of their current performance in the 2023 World Cup, Netherlands suffered an 81-run loss to Pakistan in their opening game. Their second match in the tournament was against New Zealand.

Reference:

https://www.outlookindia.com/sports/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023-this-netherlands-player-jogs-down-memory-lane-about-his-virat-kohli-comment-news-323454

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