Ryan ten Doeschate: A cricketer who became a diamond for Netherlands

Ryan ten Doeschate is a former Netherlands allrounder who represented the team in 33 ODI’s and 24 T20I’s. He has been one of the most decorated cricketers to have played for the Netherlands between 2006-2021. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast pacer.

Let’s look at his journey in cricket.

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Early Life and First-Class Career

Ryan ten Doeschate was born on 27 June 1980 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His parents are of South African and Dutch heritage. Since his parents were of Dutch heritage, he got the European Union Citizenship and hence was eligible to play there.

He was spotted by none other than former England cricketer Graham Gooch in a camp in 2003 when he coached Essex. Doeschate excelled with the ball in that match for Western Province second XI.

With Gooch impressed with his work ethic, he consulted Peter Kirsten, who then told him about his Dutch heritage. There on, Doeschate never looked back and forged his cricket career on European shores.

Later, he remained a part of the Essex team as a player from 2003 until his retirement in late 2021. In 2016, Ryan was appointed as club captain of Essex, taking over that role from James Foster. In his first season as captain, Doeschate led the club back to the promised land of Division One, helping the team clinch the solitary promotion slot. His team then defied all odds, and clinched a first County Championship for 25 years, with Doeschate being an integral part of it.

Doeschate etched his name in the Club’s history by captaining the side to a second championship title in three years after a nail-biting conclusion to the 2019 season against Somerset.

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Start of International Career

Ryan ten Doeschate debuted in an ODI against Sri Lanka in July 2006. Sri Lanka scored a world-record 443 runs in 50 overs before bowling out Netherlands for 248 runs. Doeschate scored 39 runs off 32 balls on his ODI debut while batting at No.3. He also took 2/51 off 5 overs with his gentle medium-pace.

He was selected on account of scoring 4 consecutive hundreds in ICC Intercontinental Cup fixtures while playing for Netherlands in the 2005/06 season. In February 2007, he followed up his maiden ODI hundred with a 109* against Bermuda at Nairobi in a successful chase.

Doeschate was selected for the 2007 50-Over World Cup to be held at West Indies. In one of the warm-up matches against India, he took 5 wickets including that of Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni.

Later, he followed with 2 fifties in 3 official matches. He scored 70* in one of the matches against Scotland in a successful chase and 57 against South Africa in a losing cause.

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Qualification for 2011 World Cup

Good performances continued to flower off his bat against Associate Nations. Netherlands qualified for the 2011 World Cup berth on the virtue of finishing 3rd in points table of 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier held at South Africa.

Doeschate played a big part, scoring 106* in a successful chase against Kenya and match-winning 67 runs against Bermuda, thus helping Netherlands qualify for the 2011 World Cup.

Doeschate scored his 4th ODI hundred, a 110-ball 119 runs against a Test-playing nation, England in the first match of Netherlands of that World Cup. That hundred was also the first ODI hundred by a Netherlands player against a Test-playing team. Although Netherlands lost the match, his hundred won many hearts. He also took 2/47 in 10 overs, dismissing Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell with leg-cutters.

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He scored 53* off 71 balls in an ODI against Bangladesh to save the face of the team. Bangladesh successfully chased 161 runs with 6 wickets to spare. He is one of the cricketers along with Dennis Amiss and Desmond Haynes to score a century in their last ODI. He scored 106 runs against Ireland in his last ODI on 18 March 2011, which Netherlands lost.

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Franchise Cricket

Doeschate played 382 T20 matches in his career, the highest by a player who represented Netherlands at the international level. He scored 7597 runs at a batting strike rate of 133.56. He took 114 wickets at an economy rate of 8.16.

Doeschate has represented several franchises such as Kolkata Knight Riders, Essex Eagles, Chittagong Kings, Comilla Victorians, Rajshahi Kings, Dhaka Dynamites, Otago, Canterbury, Tasmania, Adelaide Strikers, Lahore Qalanders, Mashonaland Eagles, etc and was the most sought-after cricketer from an Associate nation for such leagues and was quite successful as a player, notably in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

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Doeschate was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of IPL 2011 for US $150,000. He is the first cricketer to be picked from an Associate nation in IPL and played 29 matches. He scored 326 runs at a strike-rate of 138.72 with one fifty, a 70* which came against Mumbai Indians in IPL 2011.

So, this has been the story of Ryan ten Doeschate’s cricket career as a player, engaging with various franchises due to lack of facilities in Netherlands set-up. He ended up having the highest batting average in ODI’s (67) after playing a minimum of 25 innings.

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