Daniel Vettori Biography
The bespectacled, scholarly looks have changed down the years — the boyish features hinting at his Italian descent have filled out with the width of wisdom and stubble. The youngest-ever to play for New Zealand is now a man of experience.
Through his long career crisscrossed by stress fractures, Daniel Vettori has claimed three and a half times more Test wickets than the nearest Kiwi spinner across time. Any other man could have been satisfied with the incredibly unusual label of a world-class New Zealand tweaker, but Vettori went further — scoring more than four and a half thousand runs with half a dozen hundreds to go with his 350-plus wickets. Three of those hundreds came against the tough Pakistani attack, while against Sri Lanka he picked six for 64 at Colombo, seven for 130 at Wellington and scored 140 once again at Colombo to boast figures of a champion all-rounder. He remains one of the only eight cricketers to have completed the triple-double of 3000 runs and 300 wickets.
Vettori also led New Zealand regularly from 2007 after taking over the reins from Stephen Fleming. Although he lacked the serenity of his predecessor he did enjoy a long, if chequered, stint. He captained in 32 Tests, winning six and losing 16, and was more successful in 82 ODIs, winning 41 and losing 33. In both the formats, captaincy added a definite edge to his performances, especially with the bat. He also led the nation in three T20I World Cups.
Steady, rather than spectacular, Vettori remains largely unsung when ballads are scripted about the greatest spinners of his era. However, that did not stand in his way of being selected for Rest of the World in all the matches against Australia in the Super Series of 2005-06.