Veteran left-arm spinner and man of honour Vettori bid-adieu to cricket

News Bharati English    31-Mar-2015

Auckland, March 31: The veteran left-arm spinner and gentle man Daniel Vettori bid-adieu to the One Day International sports form today. The most capped ODI player of New Zealand completed his 18 year career in the game and earned a lot of respect not just a cricketer but also as an inspiring captain to the world. 

The 36 year old, had already taken retirement from the Tests and Twenty20 cricket formats. Speculations were on his retirement after the superb ODI World Cup campaign during which the team made the final, said it was time to call it a day.

Daniel made the announcement of his ODI retirement soon after the New Zealand team landed here from Australia following a seven-wicket loss to Australia in the final in Melbourne on Sunday.

"It was my last game for New Zealand, in the final, so it was a lovely way to finish. It would have been great to win, but I'm pretty proud of everyone, the way we've gone about things the last six weeks," the affable bowling all-rounder told reporters. 

"To be able to finish in the final, albeit without a win, I'm just very grateful for the amount of support I had particularly from Brendon (McCullum) and Mike (Hesson). To be able to get back from a number of injuries and to be here and to be part of it is something I'll always treasure," he added.

After making his ODI debut in 1997 at the age of 18, Vettori went on to become not just the most capped Kiwi player but also the team's leading wicket-taker with 305 scalps at an average of 31.71 from 295 games.

He also had the distinction of being part of five World Cup squads, picking up 36 wickets in 32 matches, including 15 in the recent edition.

In his 113 Test appearances, Vettori took 362 wickets to be New Zealand's highest wicket-taker and be only the third cricketer after Kapil Dev and Ian Botham to take more than 300 wickets and score 4,000 runs. Vettori tally Test runs stands at 4531 runs.  

Cricketers all over the world wished and shared his greatness on twitter.

The veteran has been hampered by injuries in recent past but has been a key figure nonetheless for the Black Caps. The bespectacled spinner, in fact, found a place in the ICC's Team of the World cup for his performance in this edition.

After succeeding Stephen Fleming as captain, Vettori led New Zealand in 32 Tests and 82 one-dayers till 2011. He also played 34 T20 internationals, grabbing 38 wickets.