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

Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 9, 2008


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.


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.

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 |
  • Vettori to marry girlfriend, move to Auckland
  • Profile on Daniel Vettori


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