ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Daniel Vettori on the brink of entering 300-wicket elite club

New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori on Friday said that he was delighted at the prospect of becoming the first New Zealander to take 300 One-Day International (ODI) wickets,but his team’s success at the mega event comes first than individual records. (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Full coverage)

Vettori has so far picked up 298 ODI wickets and will have the opportunity to join the the elite 300 club when New Zealand play Afghanistan in Napier on Sunday. Eleven players,none of them New Zealanders, have achieved this feat,including all-time leader Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (534) and Wasim Akram of Pakistan (502), the only two men to have taken 500 wickets.

Vettori, who has taken eight wickets so far at the World Cup, admitted he had given little thought to his ODI figures after a tough battle with back injury that looked threatening to end his career. (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Points Table)

He said he was determined on his Test figures as he he has taken 362 wickets and has scored 4,531 runs and had hoped to become the second player behind the great Kapil Dev to achieve the double of 400 Test wickets and 4,000 runs.

The spinner is 36 years old and in the twilight of his career, but he said the New Zealand’s strong run as World Cup co-hosts was inspiration enough.

“I spent a long time thinking about those Test records and sometimes one-day cricket was put a little bit in the background, and I’ve come into this tournament thinking a little bit that way as well,” Vettori was quoted in a report from Mid-day.

“Because of how we’re progressing as a side and because it’s been going so well, I haven’t really thought about it, but it would be a lovely thing to achieve,” he added.

The willy spinner, who made his ODI debut in 1997, won a lot of praise when he came on against Australia last week and slowed their scoring, helping New Zealand to a dramatic victory.

“My role is to be complementary to our attacking bowlers… to me tie up the other end,” he said.

“It’s hard to do it all the time, so if I can allow those other guys to attack, that’s really the role.”

Vettori was full of praise for the amazing support home fans have given the Black Caps saying,”to play in front of that crowd in Wellington and hear the noise and hear the chanting during Tim’s (Southee’s) spell, then to follow it up with the crowd in Auckland, the crowd was almost deafening there.”

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve had in New Zealand stadiums. To live those two games was pretty special,” the spinner finally added.