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Famous cricket players of New Zealand: Daniel Vettori

by on February 19, 2011
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Famous cricket players of New Zealand: Daniel Vettori

Daniel Vettori is widely regarded as the best left arm off spinner that is playing the game of cricket today. With his simple bowling action and a wide variety in his repertoire, the veteran New Zealand cricket team’s former captain is a match winner and an asset for any team.

Born in 1979, Daniel Vettori, debuted against the Sri Lankan cricket team in 1997 at the tender age of 18. As of Vettori has represented his side in 277 ODI matches where he has bagged 284 wickets at an average of 31.79 making him the leading wicket taker for the Kiwis in the ODI format of the game. 5 wickets for 7 runs is Vettori’s best ODI performance to date though he took 5 wickets in another inning too. Vettori is no mug with the bat either, he has scored 4 fifties in the ODIs and has a highest score of 83 making him a useful all round cricketer.

Highlights of player profile: 

  • Vettori is the youngest player to play test match for New Zealand at the age of 18 only. 
  • Vettori is only one of eight players to have a double of 300 test wickets and 3000 runs. 
  • He is the only Kiwi player who was able to take ten or more wickets in a test match twice and still ending up losing a match.

Often regarded as a determined figure for he not only captained his team, Daniel Vettori also served as the coach and manager of New Zealand for a while. He has not had an exceptional experience within the world cups but would like to make the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup as an unforgettable since he might not be able to play next cricket world cup due to his consistent injuries. 

In the 14 years, that he has played thus far, Daniel Vettori has been an exceptional Left-arm orthodox spinner and a performer who has held himself together even when his team tumbled around him in pressure.

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