The International Cricket Council (ICC) will host the 13th edition of the Cricket World Cup, an ODI tournament between men’s national teams that is played every four years. India is hosting the CWC 2023, which got underway on October 5 and is slated to end on November 19, 2023.
The Netherlands will be making their fifth ODI World Cup appearance at the CWC 2023. Meanwhile, they put forth a brave show in the World Cup qualifier to advance. Among their team is a 20-year-old Indian opener and a 38-year-old South African left-arm spinner.
Vikramjit Singh, who was born on January 9th, 2003, has played cricket for the Netherlands national team since 2019. Vikramjit, who is only 20 years old, has gained attention for his excellent left-handed batting style. In the most recent match in the CWC 2023 Qualifiers Super Six, the Netherlands played Oman, and he struck a century for the team.
About Vikramjit Singh
Vikramjit made it to the Netherlands ‘A’ team at the age of 15. But he made his senior squad debut two years later. Vikramjit has also spent a lot of time honing his craft at Chandigarh’s Uniyal Gurusagar Cricket Academy.
Taruwar Kohli, a former cricketer for India’s Under-19 team who played for a club in Amsterdam, trained with him. In order to strengthen his cricketing skills, Vikramjit Singh traveled to India in 2015, 2016, 2019, and 2020.
At the age of 16, Vikramjit Singh made his debut on the international stage in a T20I in Dublin in 2019. His batting position was No. 3. The player has only played in eight T20Is since then, averaging 9.50 and having a strike rate below 87.
However, appearances in the shortest format have been irregular. In the ODI format, where he would start regularly, he had greater potential. He scored seven 40-plus scores in 22 innings before his 100 against Oman.
Vikramjit played in his first One Day International in March 2022 against New Zealand. In his sixth match, against West Indies, he scored his first fifty, leading the charge with a 55-ball 54 in a run chase of 309. He hit a valiant 65 in a close 16-run loss against Pakistan four games later.
The youngest player from the Netherlands to score a ton in any format, he entered the Qualifiers with an average of 28.35 and on Monday finally lived up to his potential. In 102 balls and off a push through mid-wicket, he achieved the record, leading his team to a huge 362-7 in a game they had to win. Eleven fours and two sixes made up the bulk of his inning. He is now representing his nation at the CWC 2023.
Vikramjit Singh moved to the Netherlands at the age of 15, four years after being seen by the Dutch captain of the time in an Under-12 competition, he made his debut. Borren appears in public praising his ward, a student he signed up for his VRA Club in Amsterdam.
The youngster also has sponsorship from Beat All Sports (BAS), a maker of sporting goods, which supplied Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Sourav Ganguly with bats.
Following the anti-Sikh riots in 1984, Vikramjit’s grandpa, who was based in Jalandhar, Punjab, shifted base. Vikramjit, who was born in Cheema Khurd, Punjab, didn’t move to the Netherlands until he was seven years old. His father’s love of cricket and his Indian culture drove him to pick up the sport.
Amit Uniyal, a former bowler for the Rajasthan Royals, has also coached Vikramjit. Vikramjit spent six months at Uniyal’s Gurusagar Cricket Academy in Chandigarh in 2015–16 and 2019–20.
He came back to Jalandhar in 2021 and began training with Taruwar Kohli’s academy, a former Under-19 India player after his T20I career had come to an end. For the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022, he was called up to the T20I team.
In the competition the previous year, Vikramjit Singh also faced off against his native India, a game he has referred to as the “biggest” of his career. In the battle, he only made one run, leading up to the CWC 2023.
Moment of breakthrough for Vikramjit Singh
The player, who looks up to Quinton de Kock, Singh first made his name in 2019. At the age of 16 years and 126 days, he became the Topklasse’s youngest-ever century holder. The Topklasse is a domestic 50-over competition in the Netherlands.
His performance in the Under-19 World Cup Europe Qualifier that year was great as well. He scored 304 runs in five innings, averaging 60.80.