During the recent clash between England and the Netherlands in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, Netherlands all-rounder Logan van Beek achieved a memorable feat by obtaining his first official ‘nutmeg.’ The nutmeg occurred in the 21st over when England’s star batter Joe Root attempted a ramp shot, but van Beek’s delivery cleverly passed between Root’s legs and rattled the stumps, resulting in his dismissal.
In a post-match interview, van Beek expressed his amusement at the nutmeg. “I think that is my first official nutmeg. I’m not a footballer. I’ve tried a few times in warm-ups to try and get through the guy’s legs but first time I’ve done it with a ball. Yeah, there wasn’t really much going through my mind but when I saw the replay, it was quite funny,” the all-rounder shared in a video posted by the ICC.
Logan Van Beek also spoke about his unique way of welcoming his family to India, incorporating the popular Bollywood dance style ‘teeka.’
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“For a few days, I was trying to work out what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to do a ‘Teeka’ we have had so many teeka welcomes as we are going through the hotels and I have three lovely dancers that came in and we got the welcome to India which was a famous movie,” he added.
The match saw England set a massive target of 339 runs after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Ben Stokes played a stellar innings, scoring a remarkable century, while Dawid Malan and Chris Woakes also contributed significantly with half-centuries.
On the bowling front, Bas de Leede was the pick of the bowlers for the Netherlands, claiming three wickets, while van Beek and Aryan Dutt picked up two scalps each. However, England’s bowlers, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, dominated the Netherlands’ chase, taking three wickets each to dismiss the Dutch side for 179 runs in just 37.2 overs.