Player Profile: Daniel Vettori

Daniel Vettori

Date of birth:

January 27, 1979

Teams Represented:

New Zealand, Delhi Daredevils, ICC World XI, Northern Districts, Nottinghamshire, Queensland, Warwickshire

Batting style:

Left-hand bat

Bowling style:

Slow left-arm orthodox

It’s hard to comprehend that the youngest player ever to have represented New Zealand in Test cricket has just turned 31 and is still hungry for more.

Vettori has been on the international scene for so long it seems surreal knowing he could easily continue for another five years and, possibly, become his country’s greatest ever player.

The man who made his debut aged 18 is the eighth player in Test history to take 300 wickets and score 3,000 runs and with time on his side, he has an outside chance of bettering his fellow countrymen Richard Hadlee’s 431 Test wickets.

Since first donning the whites in 1996-97, Vettori has developed into a world class all-rounder. He has never been a massive spinner of the ball but what makes him dangerous is his flight and guile, while his batting at number eight is hugely underrated – he averages close to 30.

Prior to becoming captain in a permanent capacity in 2007, Vettori had captained the Black Caps in ODI when regular skipper Stephen Fleming was unavailable. His record was superb; in 2006 he led NZ in 11 matches, winning eight of them.

When Fleming stepped down from the limited-overs captaincy, Vettori took the reins for the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa. His leadership style notably contrasts with his predecessor’s more laid back approach, as was demonstrated when Vettori refused to shake hands with England players following his outburst regarding a controversial run out at The Oval.

Vettori’s achievements have not gone unnoticed. He was recognised alongside Muttiah Muralitharan as one of the top spinners outside Australia for the Super Series in 2005-06, and was one of six players to represent the World XI in the Test and all three one-dayers. And in 2008 he was ranked the number one bowler in the world for ODI’s.
Despite technological advances, Vettori remains one of the few international sportsmen to wear prescription glasses while performing. If his vision is not impaired he will be a dangerous customer in the West Indies.

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