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Player Profile(#38)…Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)

Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 9, 2008

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Daniel Luca Vettori (born 27 January 1979, Auckland, New Zealand), but brought up in Hamilton attending Marian School and later St Paul’s Collegiate School, is a cricketer who is the current captain of the New Zealand cricket team. When available he plays provincial cricket for Northern Districts, and is also an international member of Indian Premier League team the Delhi DareDevils. He is the youngest player to have represented New Zealand in Test cricket, having made his debut in 1996/1997 at the age of 18. Vettori is a slow left-arm orthodox spinner, but he is known for his flight and guile rather than prodigious turn or pinpoint accuracy.

International career:

Vettori made his test debut at Wellington for New Zealand against England on 6 February 1997. His first Test wicket was Nasser Hussain. Three weeks earlier he had made his first class debut, against the touring English side and again his maiden wicket was Hussain. His ODI debut came a month later against Sri Lanka at Christchurch on March 25th 1997.

His career was in jeopardy in 2000 with a back injury, but he recovered to play a major role in New Zealand’s victory in the 2004 Tri-Series with England and the West Indies in England.

Vettori was selected in the final squad for the World XI Super Series against Australia and played in all 3 ODIs and the Super Test.

As of 10 March 2008 Vettori was ranked 1st on the ICC Player Rankings for One Day bowlers and ranked 2nd and 10th for Test and One Day all-rounders respectively.

Vettori has also played for Hamilton in the Hawke Cup.

Captaincy:

Prior to becoming captain on a permanent basis in 2007 Vettori had captained the Black Caps in ODI cricket on occasions such as when regular captain, Stephen Fleming, was unable to. As of the end of 2006 he had led New Zealand in 11 games, winning 8 of them.

He captained New Zealand at the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa. Subsequently, it was announced that Vettori would captain the Black Caps in all forms of the game, i.e. captain Twenty20, ODI and the Test teams. Initially, it he was announced to only be captain of the former two.

Vettori’s captaincy has had a rocky start, losing a Test series in England first up. Vettori also attracted some criticism in the following ODI series, when following a controversial run out, he engaged in angry shouting and jumping up and down from the balcony at Lord’s Cricket Ground. He then refused to shake hands with the England team after the match. Not only did this contrast with Fleming’s more languid style, some felt such behaviour was hypocritical given Daniel Vettori’s support for team mate Brendon McCullum the infamous running out of Muttiah Muralitharan in similar circumstances.

Batting:
Vettori has matured into a useful lower-order batsman having scored 2,000 Test runs, including two centuries (137* against Pakistan in 2003 and 127 against Zimbabwe in 2005), as well as several half-centuries. Although it took Vettori 47 Tests to score his first 1,000 runs at an average of 17.24, the second thousand took him just 22 Tests at a rate of 42.52 per innings. Vettori’s average batting at number 8 is 37.11 (for Tests) and is currently the best average of all time for a player batting there. His average at number ten is 3rd best of all time in ODIs.

In December 2006, Vettori began establishing himself as more of an all-rounder, batting at number 5 for New Zealand in the one-day series against Sri Lanka.

Personal life:
Vettori confirmed plans to marry fiance Mary O’Carroll and move to Auckland sometime in the winter of 2007. He has continued playing for the Northern Districts Knights. At the Wellington cricket ground The Basin in January 2008 he was seen wearing a wedding ring, so it is assumed that they are now married.

Links to more information on Daniel Vettori:

  • Vettori for captain
  • Changing of the guard for Black Caps | BLACK CAPS | ONE SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
  • Vettori to marry girlfriend, move to Auckland
  • Cricinfo.com Profile on Daniel Vettori

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    The Greatest Cricketers of the Modern Era

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 9, 2008

    Here are a list of some of the greatest players to grace the game of cricket. The players selected have been chosen by their quality and records.

    The Following Cricketers are the Best of the Modern Era:-

    GREATEST CRICKETERS:

    01) Shane Warne
    02) Sachin Tendulkar
    03) Muttiah Muralitharan
    04) Brian Lara
    05) Wasim Akram
    06) Glenn McGrath
    07) Ricky Ponting
    08) Jacques Kallis
    09) Curtly Ambrose
    10) Waqar Younis
    11) Adam Gilchrist
    12) Courtney Walsh
    13) Steve Waugh
    14) Inzamam-ul-Haq
    15) Rahul Dravid
    16) Sourav Ganguly
    17) Mohammad Yousuf
    18) Allan Donald
    19) Andy Flower
    20) Shaun Pollock
    21) Matthew Hayden
    22) Aravinda de Silva
    23) Anil Kumble
    24) Sanath Jayasuriya
    25) Michael Bevan

    Notable Exclusions:-

    01) Chaminda Vaas
    02) Chris Cairns
    03) Gary Kirsten
    04) Mohammed Azharuddin
    05) Saeed Anwar
    06) Stephen Fleming
    07) Nathan Astle
    08) Jonty Rhodes
    09) Alec Stewart
    10) Marvan Atapattu
    11) Mark Waugh

    GREATEST CRICKETERS (individually):

  • Greatest Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar
  • Greatest ODI Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar
  • Greatest Test Batsman: Brian Lara
  • Greatest Bowler: Muttiah Muralitharan
  • Greatest ODI Bowler: Wasim Akram
  • Greatest Test Bowler: Shane Warne n Muttiah Muralidaran
  • Greatest Fielder: Jonty Rhodes
  • Greatest All-Rounder: Jacques Kallis
  • Greatest ODI Captain: Ricky Ponting
  • Greatest Test Captain: Steve Waugh
  • Greatest ODI Batting Pair: Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly
  • Greatest Test Batting Pair: Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting
  • Greatest ODI Bowling Pair: Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis
  • Greatest Test Bowling Pair: Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh/Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne

    GREATEST CRICKETERS BY TEAM:

  • Australia: Shane Warne
  • Bangladesh: Mohammed Rafique
  • England: Alec Stewart
  • India: Sachin Tendulkar
  • New Zealand: Stephen Fleming
  • Pakistan: Wasim Akram
  • South Africa: Jacques Kallis
  • Sri Lanka: Muttiah Muralidaran
  • West Indies: Brian Lara
  • Zimbabwe: Andy Flower

    If you are not happy with the selection of the cricketers then feel free to express your opinion by leaving a comment on this post/article.

    Players in Quest of Achieving Greatness:
    01) Michael Clarke
    02) Mike Hussey
    03) Virender Sehwag
    04) Shivnarine Chanderpaul
    05) Graeme Smith
    06) Brett Lee
    07) Kumar Sangakkara
    08) Kevin Pietersen
    09) Andrew Flintoff
    10) Chris Gayle
    11) Andrew Symonds
    12) Makhaya Ntini
    13) Ramnaresh Sarwan
    14) Mahela Jayawardene
    15) Herschelle Gibbs

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    Wicket Keeping Success Tips

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 9, 2008

    The wicket keeper is an essential and key part of the cricket team. Every team needs a reliable wicket keeper. As well as taking catches, stumping the batsmen and taking run outs, the wicket keeper is one of the team’s most important players: motivating and inspiring the bowlers and fielders to raise their game and WIN.

    To be a wicket keeper you need fast reactions and precise judgement as you have very little time to react to such things as fast deliveries especially if there are changes and deviations in the balls line due to variations in swing, movement off the pitch and edges.

    You need to be alert and have high levels of concentration. Like a top batsmen you want to be able to ‘switch on and off’ your concentration between deliveries and overs to avoid getting mentally tired, as it’s impossible to fully concentrate non-stop for hours at a time. High levels of fitness and flexibility are also very important for a wicket keeper as it can be very tiring because you are effectively doing hundreds of squats and diving around the field. So stay fit, warm up and down and stretch thoroughly to remain in peak condition and avoid injury.

    Equipment for wicket keeping:

  • Wicket keeping gloves (and inner gloves),
  • Box,
  • Wicket keeping pads,
  • Helmet.

    Basic technique- Wicket keeping stance:

    You can stand up to spin bowlers and slower paced bowlers. The wicket keepers stance is quite straight forward, you need to stand about one step behind the stumps, making sure no part of your body or equipment is in front of the line of the stumps.

    Crouch down with your left foot (reverse for left hand batsmen) inline with middle stump, therefore on you are crouched a little on off side. Try to keep your head still and eyes level during the delivery to help you judge the pace and line. You should be balanced and relaxed with your weight slightly forward on the balls of your feet. Be alert and ready to react to the delivery.

    Catching the ball:

    When you are catching the ball, aim to get your head/eyes above the line of the ball and your body behind the line of the ball. As the ball rises from the pitch, rise from the crouching position with the ball, so you mirror the height of the ball. Watch the ball into your hands and catch it with your fingers pointing downwards. You’ll need to cushion the impact of the ball hitting your gloves when catching by ‘giving’ with your hands. If the ball continues to rise as it reaches you, step with your outside foot backwards and across, rotating your body outwards, taking the ball on one side of the body.

    To catch a ball delivered on the off side or leg side, move your feet and body across immediately to get your head back into line with the delivery. (Move the outside foot first and follow with the inside.) Rise with the ball as discussed above and ‘give’ with hands to reduce the impact.

    If you are standing back which you should be to medium and fast bowlers take your stance as discussed above, however stand in a position so that the ball is taken once it begins to drop.

    Sometimes you may have to dive to take wide deliveries or thick edges, always try to take the ball in two hands if possible, roll after the dive if you can to reduce the impact of landing and changes of injury.

    Stumping:

    You can attempt a stumping if the batsman is out of the crease after you have caught the delivery. Once you’ve taken the ball move your body weight towards stumps and move hands fast to break the wickets.

    Visit www.cricketsecrets.com right now to pick up a free report to help you improve your wicket keeping skills today!

    *Acknowledgements to Ian Canaway.

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    The Top Ten Weird Dismissals Of Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 9, 2008

    I came across this video on Youtube and I had to put it up on here for all of you to see. It is a very well put together video of some of the most memorable yet strangest dismissals in cricket. Nice piece of work Sanjeet :).

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    Player Profile(#38)…Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 9, 2008

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    Daniel Luca Vettori (born 27 January 1979, Auckland, New Zealand), but brought up in Hamilton attending Marian School and later St Paul’s Collegiate School, is a cricketer who is the current captain of the New Zealand cricket team. When available he plays provincial cricket for Northern Districts, and is also an international member of Indian Premier League team the Delhi DareDevils. He is the youngest player to have represented New Zealand in Test cricket, having made his debut in 1996/1997 at the age of 18. Vettori is a slow left-arm orthodox spinner, but he is known for his flight and guile rather than prodigious turn or pinpoint accuracy.

    International career:

    Vettori made his test debut at Wellington for New Zealand against England on 6 February 1997. His first Test wicket was Nasser Hussain. Three weeks earlier he had made his first class debut, against the touring English side and again his maiden wicket was Hussain. His ODI debut came a month later against Sri Lanka at Christchurch on March 25th 1997.

    His career was in jeopardy in 2000 with a back injury, but he recovered to play a major role in New Zealand’s victory in the 2004 Tri-Series with England and the West Indies in England.

    Vettori was selected in the final squad for the World XI Super Series against Australia and played in all 3 ODIs and the Super Test.

    As of 10 March 2008 Vettori was ranked 1st on the ICC Player Rankings for One Day bowlers and ranked 2nd and 10th for Test and One Day all-rounders respectively.

    Vettori has also played for Hamilton in the Hawke Cup.

    Captaincy:

    Prior to becoming captain on a permanent basis in 2007 Vettori had captained the Black Caps in ODI cricket on occasions such as when regular captain, Stephen Fleming, was unable to. As of the end of 2006 he had led New Zealand in 11 games, winning 8 of them.

    He captained New Zealand at the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa. Subsequently, it was announced that Vettori would captain the Black Caps in all forms of the game, i.e. captain Twenty20, ODI and the Test teams. Initially, it he was announced to only be captain of the former two.

    Vettori’s captaincy has had a rocky start, losing a Test series in England first up. Vettori also attracted some criticism in the following ODI series, when following a controversial run out, he engaged in angry shouting and jumping up and down from the balcony at Lord’s Cricket Ground. He then refused to shake hands with the England team after the match. Not only did this contrast with Fleming’s more languid style, some felt such behaviour was hypocritical given Daniel Vettori’s support for team mate Brendon McCullum the infamous running out of Muttiah Muralitharan in similar circumstances.

    Batting:
    Vettori has matured into a useful lower-order batsman having scored 2,000 Test runs, including two centuries (137* against Pakistan in 2003 and 127 against Zimbabwe in 2005), as well as several half-centuries. Although it took Vettori 47 Tests to score his first 1,000 runs at an average of 17.24, the second thousand took him just 22 Tests at a rate of 42.52 per innings. Vettori’s average batting at number 8 is 37.11 (for Tests) and is currently the best average of all time for a player batting there. His average at number ten is 3rd best of all time in ODIs.

    In December 2006, Vettori began establishing himself as more of an all-rounder, batting at number 5 for New Zealand in the one-day series against Sri Lanka.

    Personal life:
    Vettori confirmed plans to marry fiance Mary O’Carroll and move to Auckland sometime in the winter of 2007. He has continued playing for the Northern Districts Knights. At the Wellington cricket ground The Basin in January 2008 he was seen wearing a wedding ring, so it is assumed that they are now married.

    Links to more information on Daniel Vettori:

  • Vettori for captain
  • Changing of the guard for Black Caps | BLACK CAPS | ONE SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
  • Vettori to marry girlfriend, move to Auckland
  • Cricinfo.com Profile on Daniel Vettori

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    The Greatest Cricketers of the Modern Era

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 9, 2008

    Here are a list of some of the greatest players to grace the game of cricket. The players selected have been chosen by their quality and records.

    The Following Cricketers are the Best of the Modern Era:-

    GREATEST CRICKETERS:

    01) Shane Warne
    02) Sachin Tendulkar
    03) Muttiah Muralitharan
    04) Brian Lara
    05) Wasim Akram
    06) Glenn McGrath
    07) Ricky Ponting
    08) Jacques Kallis
    09) Curtly Ambrose
    10) Waqar Younis
    11) Adam Gilchrist
    12) Courtney Walsh
    13) Steve Waugh
    14) Inzamam-ul-Haq
    15) Rahul Dravid
    16) Sourav Ganguly
    17) Mohammad Yousuf
    18) Allan Donald
    19) Andy Flower
    20) Shaun Pollock
    21) Matthew Hayden
    22) Aravinda de Silva
    23) Anil Kumble
    24) Sanath Jayasuriya
    25) Michael Bevan

    Notable Exclusions:-

    01) Chaminda Vaas
    02) Chris Cairns
    03) Gary Kirsten
    04) Mohammed Azharuddin
    05) Saeed Anwar
    06) Stephen Fleming
    07) Nathan Astle
    08) Jonty Rhodes
    09) Alec Stewart
    10) Marvan Atapattu
    11) Mark Waugh

    GREATEST CRICKETERS (individually):

  • Greatest Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar
  • Greatest ODI Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar
  • Greatest Test Batsman: Brian Lara
  • Greatest Bowler: Muttiah Muralitharan
  • Greatest ODI Bowler: Wasim Akram
  • Greatest Test Bowler: Shane Warne n Muttiah Muralidaran
  • Greatest Fielder: Jonty Rhodes
  • Greatest All-Rounder: Jacques Kallis
  • Greatest ODI Captain: Ricky Ponting
  • Greatest Test Captain: Steve Waugh
  • Greatest ODI Batting Pair: Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly
  • Greatest Test Batting Pair: Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting
  • Greatest ODI Bowling Pair: Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis
  • Greatest Test Bowling Pair: Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh/Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne

    GREATEST CRICKETERS BY TEAM:

  • Australia: Shane Warne
  • Bangladesh: Mohammed Rafique
  • England: Alec Stewart
  • India: Sachin Tendulkar
  • New Zealand: Stephen Fleming
  • Pakistan: Wasim Akram
  • South Africa: Jacques Kallis
  • Sri Lanka: Muttiah Muralidaran
  • West Indies: Brian Lara
  • Zimbabwe: Andy Flower

    If you are not happy with the selection of the cricketers then feel free to express your opinion by leaving a comment on this post/article.

    Players in Quest of Achieving Greatness:
    01) Michael Clarke
    02) Mike Hussey
    03) Virender Sehwag
    04) Shivnarine Chanderpaul
    05) Graeme Smith
    06) Brett Lee
    07) Kumar Sangakkara
    08) Kevin Pietersen
    09) Andrew Flintoff
    10) Chris Gayle
    11) Andrew Symonds
    12) Makhaya Ntini
    13) Ramnaresh Sarwan
    14) Mahela Jayawardene
    15) Herschelle Gibbs

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