Dutchman Pieter Seelaar, who sacked Tendulkar, Sehwag and Pathan in 2011 WC announces his retirement from international cricket

Pieter Seelaar played 57 ODIs and 77 T20Is for the Netherlands but most Indian fans will remember him for his spoils against India at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup .

In Feroz Shah Kotla, the Netherlands left-arm spinner gave India a scare after clearing India’s top three Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Yusuf Pathan in the space of two overs. There was stunning silence in the stadium before Yuvraj Singh (51 not out) guided India to a comfortable five-wicket victory. Seelar finished with a brilliant 3/53 figure from his 10 overs.

Seelaar, 34, has announced his retirement from international cricket due to a lingering back injury.

“Since 2020, my back problems have gotten so bad that – to my great regret – I am no longer able to give everything I have,” Seelar said after the Netherlands’ six-wicket loss to England. England in the second ODI.

Seelaar made his debut for the Dutch team in 2005. In 2018 he succeeded Peter Borren as captain. Seelaar is primarily known as an accurate, economical and efficient left arm spinner. Plus, he’s worked hard on his stick over the years, which eventually earned him a spot in the middle order.

Seelaar was part of the squad that ran against England both at Lord’s in the opening game of the T20 World Cup in 2009 and in Bangladesh at the same tournament five years later.

Pieter Seelaars’ best bowling performance for the Netherlands was 4 wickets for 15 runs in the ODIs and 4-19 in the T20Is. His best performance with the bat was 138 not out. He achieved the score in February 2017 in a four-day match against Hong Kong for the ICC Intercontinental Cup. Along with Ben Cooper he added 288 runs for the sixth wicket, still a record partnership.

England skipper Eoin Morgan has praised Seelaar for playing a vital role for the Netherlands at the highest level.

“It was amazing. His contribution to Dutch cricket has been outstanding. On behalf of the England cricket team, we would like to congratulate him on his retirement and wish him well on his upcoming journey,” said Morgan.

Dutch cricket’s governing body high performance director Roland Lefebvre led the tributes to the Dutch cricketing legend.

“Pieter’s contribution was invaluable, first as a player and later also as a captain. His management style is open, honest and transparent, which has always been appreciated by the players,” said Lefebvre.

“He can look back on a fine international career which unfortunately ended prematurely. We wish him the best for the future.”

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