Netherlands, known for giving tough competition to their opponent in the World Cup 2023, played their last game on November 12 after their final clash against India. The team showed determination, while Paul van Meekeren was shining throughout the tournament with his impressive bowling skills. Amid this, Paul’s X (Formerly Twitter) post from 2020 has resurfaced online, where the sports personality had revealed that he worked as an Uber Eats delivery boy when the T20 World Cup was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. Zomato recently shared his old post, with a motivational message.
Back In 2020, Paul shared, “Should’ve been playing cricket today. Now I’m delivering Uber Eats to get through the winter months. Funny how things change.” Post his outstanding performance at the World Cup 2023, this old tweet has gone viral. The food delivery giant used the tweet with Meekeren’s photo and stated, “Dreamers never stop delivering.” Interestingly, when Paul noticed the post, he responded, “Always delivering,” and tagged Zomato in the post.
The post has garnered over 6 lakh views and social media users are applauding the efforts of Zomato to inspire others through Netherlands player Paul van Meekeren’s post.
An X user expressed admiration for Zomato’s action and described it as a nice gesture.
Nice Gesture by Zomato— Pandu Raj (@CSKianPanduRaj) November 11, 2023
Another admired Paul van Meekeren for delivering happiness through his cricket performance and in return, he has earned respect from people around the world.
You have delivered much happiness to the world with your performance and in return earns more respect from all over the WORLD…— Praneet Samaiya (@praneetsamaiya) November 11, 2023
An individual simply stated, “5 star deliver.”
5 star delivery.— Naveen (@_naveenish) November 11, 2023
A user called Paul van Meekeren’s journey inspirational for the future Dutch cricketers.
Very good Paul! Inspirational to the young Dutch cricketers across the world. Keep believing and work hard. Glad you are wearing your toe guards . Well played mate. Will be cheering on you and the boys whilst we celebrate Diwali✊ @paulvanmeekeren @virendersehwag— Barry Goudriaan (@Dutchy009) November 11, 2023
Recently, in a conversation with Daily Mail, Paul recalled, “UberEats was actually a stepping stone and during that time, I worked part time for a software company in Chesterfield too. In that first lockdown, I set up a Dutch Players Association too. All of those experiences made me a better person and actually make you enjoy your cricket more as you appreciate how lucky you are.”
“I don’t think it’s a surprise anymore for us to beat these teams. It’s always good to get cricket further on the map in the Netherlands but it shows that we should get more opportunities against the big teams.” says the 30-year-old cricketer.
Although the Netherlands team’s journey in the World Cup 2023 has concluded, their next challenge awaits in the Champions Trophy 2025. Their collective efforts and determination in the ongoing tournament secured a place as one of the top eight teams for the upcoming competition.