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Daniel Vettori

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Slow left-arm orthodox
Played for:
New Zealand, ICC World XI, Queensland, Northern & Central Dist, NZ Academy, Northern Conference, Northern Districts, North Island, Nottinghamshire, New Zealand A, Warwickshire, Bangalore, Delhi, New Zealand Under-19, Brisbane Heat, Marylebone Cricket Club, Jamaica Tallawahs
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI,T20 | AllRounder
ICC Rank:
Batting:
65
Bowling:
30
Batting:
0
Bowling:
12
Batting:
0
Bowling:
60
Home country:
New Zealand
Born:
January 27, 1979, Auckland

Profile

Left-arm spin was all but obsolete in the late 90s till a bespectacled teenager once again brought about the resurgence of this dying art. A decade and half has followed since then, but Daniel Vettori continues to remain one of the best left-arm spinners in world cricket today.

Vettori's talent was so evident in his very first season for Northern Districts that Kiwi selectors did not bat an eyelid before blooding him in the national squad when he was only 18. His first 10 Tests yielded 30 wickets and he also started finding his feet in ODIs. Though he continued to impress over the next two years, his claim to fame was to come in the Auckland Test against Australia in early 2000. Against a strong Baggie Green line-up, he prized 12 wickets and even though New Zealand lost the game, his performance did not go unnoticed. He again proved to be Australia's nemesis on the 2001 trip Down Under, picking up 5-wicket hauls in consecutive Tests.

He suffered a dip in form in the 2003-04 season, but the southpaw returned to his old ways against Bangladesh with a rout of 20 wickets from 2 Tests. 2008, by far, proved to be his best year with 54 Test wickets and he was also elevated as the Black Caps' captain. Unfortunately, retirements and the Indian rebel league saga robbed him of key players and it was not until recently that he had a wider squadron of players to work with. Daniel Vettori started off his Indian T20 league career by playing for Delhi before moving onto Bengaluru.

When compared to a Warne or a Muralidaran, Vettori is not a big turner of the ball but it is his variations in flight, line and length coupled with his ability to out-think and outfox batsmen that have made him so successful over the years. A very good lower-order batsman, he has played several match-winning and match-saving knocks for his team. With an extremely successful Test career and rather fulfilling captaincy tenure, 'Dan' stepped down from the post in Tests and retired from the shorter formats after the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. Vettori's career since then, has been flagged by a dodgy knee that has been subjected to surgery but has not recuperated to complete fitness, keeping him out of action for New Zealand for nearly two years. Vettori however, represented Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League for the 2013-14 season.

With the 2015 ICC World Cup slated Down Under, skipper Brendon McCullum insisted that the Kiwi squad would be incomplete without the veteran and Vettori obliged, coming out of retirement. He finished the tournament in grand style, as the joint highest wicket-taker by a spinner. Vettori immediately called it quits post the World Cup.


Fast Facts

  • Daniel Vettori was New Zealand’s ‘’Almanack Player of the Year’’ in 2000 and 2005.
  • At 18, he was the youngest player to have made his Test debut for New Zealand and also became their youngest ever player to take a five-wicket haul in Tests.
  • Vettori is New Zealand's second highest wicket-taker in Tests and the nation’s leading wicket-taker in ODIs.
  • He became the first Kiwi bowler to take a 12-wicket haul twice in Test cricket.
  • Vettori has the most number of 5-wicket and 10-wicket hauls for a New Zealander in Tests and ODIs after Sir Richard Hadlee.
  • He became the first New Zealander to have 10 ‘’Man of the Match awards’’ to his name, in both Tests and ODIs.
  • Vettori became the second Kiwi after Stephen Fleming to have played in 100 Tests.
  • After Richard Hadlee, he is the only player from the Black Caps to take over 60 wickets against Australia in Tests.
  • Ended the 2015 ICC World Cup as the joint highest wicket taker by a spinner.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 113 174 4531 23 30.00 58.18 6 23 140
ODI 295 187 2253 57 17.33 82.98 0 4 83
T20 34 22 205 6 12.81 107.89 0 0 38
IPL 34 17 121 9 15.12 107.08 0 0 29
CLT20 6 5 62 0 12.40 163.15 0 0 44
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 113 187 28814 12441 362 7/87 / 34.36 2.59 19 20 3 126
ODI 295 277 14060 9674 305 5/7 / 31.71 4.12 8 2 0 141
T20 34 34 787 748 38 4/20 / 19.68 5.70 1 0 0 16
IPL 34 34 777 878 28 3/15 / 31.35 6.77 0 0 0 8
CLT20 6 6 138 161 7 2/25 / 23.00 7.00 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 58 0 8
ODI 88 0 20
T20 9 0 2
IPL 11 0 1
CLT20 1 0 1
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 32 6 16 0 10 18.75
ODI 82 41 33 1 7 50
T20 28 13 13 2 0 46.43
IPL 22 12 10 0 0 54.55
CLT20 6 3 3 0 0 50

Career

Span:
Test:
1997-2014
 
ODI:
1997-2015
 
T20:
2007-2014
 
IPL:
2008-2012
 
CLT20:
2011-2011
Test
Debut:
New Zealand Vs England at Basin Reserve, Wellington - Feb 06, 1997
Last played:
New Zealand Vs Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah - Nov 26, 2014
ODI
Debut:
New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka at Jade Stadium (Lancaster Park), Christchurch - Mar 25, 1997
Last played:
New Zealand Vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Mar 29, 2015
T20
Debut:
New Zealand Vs Kenya at Kingsmead, Durban - Sep 12, 2007
Last played:
New Zealand Vs Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai - Dec 05, 2014
IPL
Debut:
Delhi Vs Rajasthan at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Bangalore Vs Punjab at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - May 02, 2012
CLT20
Debut:
Bangalore Vs Warriors at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Sep 23, 2011
Last played:
Bangalore Vs Mumbai at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Oct 09, 2011
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