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Daniel Vettori
Vettori in 2011 at Government House, Auckland
Personal information
Full name Daniel Luca Vettori
Born 27 January 1979 (1979-01-27) (age 42)
Auckland, New Zealand
Nickname Martha, Harry Potter
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role All-rounder
International information
National side New Zealand
Test debut (cap 200) 6 February 1997 v England
Last Test 26 November 2014 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 101) 25 March 1997 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 29 March 2015 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 11
T20I debut (cap 25) 12 September 2007 v Kenya
Last T20I 5 December 2014 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996/97–2014/15 Northern Districts
2003 Nottinghamshire
2006 Warwickshire
2008–2010 Delhi Daredevils
2009/10 Queensland
2011–2012 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2011/12–2014/15 Brisbane Heat
2014–2015 Jamaica Tallawahs
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 113 295 174 365
Runs scored 4,531 2,253 6,695 3,549
Batting average 30.00 17.33 29.62 20.16
100s/50s 6/23 0/4 9/34 2/10
Top score 140 83 140 138
Balls bowled 28,814 14,060 41,258 17,628
Wickets 362 305 565 387
Bowling average 34.36 31.71 31.82 30.98
5 wickets in innings 20 2 33 2
10 wickets in match 3 0 3 0
Best bowling 7/87 5/7 7/87 5/7
Catches/stumpings 58/– 88/– 98/– 121/–

Daniel Luca Vettori ONZM (born 27 January 1979) is a New Zealand cricket coach and former cricketer who played for the New Zealand cricket team in all formats and currently is the spin bowling coach of the Bangladesh national cricket team. He is the 200th Test cap for New Zealand.

He was the captain of New Zealand between 2007 and 2011. Vettori is the eighth player in Test history to take 300 wickets and score 3,000 runs. He is the youngest player to have represented New Zealand in Test cricket, having made his debut in 1996–97 at the age of 18, and New Zealand's most-capped test cricketer with 112 caps, and New Zealand's most capped One-Day cricketer with 284 caps. Vettori was a bowling all-rounder who bowled slow left-arm orthodox spin.

He is known for his accuracy, flight and guile rather than prodigious turn, and also his speed variation. Vettori announced his retirement from all forms of cricket following the 2015 Cricket World Cup.


Early career

He was born in Auckland and brought up in Hamilton, attending Marian School and later St. Paul's Collegiate School, where he started off playing as a medium-pacer, but slowly transitioned into a spinner. He was among a very small minority of international sports stars to wear prescription spectacles while playing sport, and only one of very few cricketers in the modern era to play Test cricket with spectacles, others including Zimbabwean Charles Coventry, Australian Chris Rogers, Englishman Jack Leach and West Indian Clive Lloyd.

Bowling records

A graph showing Vettori's Test career bowling statistics and how they have varied over time

He took his 300th Test wicket in Sri Lanka in 2009, becoming only the second New Zealand bowler (after Richard Hadlee) to pass that mark and he is currently New Zealand's leading ODI wicket-taker.

Vettori has three 10 wicket hauls in Test cricket, against Sri Lanka, Australia, and Bangladesh. His best innings figures were achieved in Auckland in 1999–2000 against Australia where he took 7/87. He finished with career best match figures in that game, taking 12/149. They are the second-best ever by a New Zealander, with only Richard Hadlee having taken more in a match. With another 12 wicket effort, against Bangladesh in Chittagong, he became the only New Zealander to have taken a dozen wickets in a Test on two occasions.

Vettori is the first left-arm spinner in cricket history to take 300+ wickets in both ODIs and Tests. He was also the first left-arm spinner in test history to capture 350 test wickets. He's now the second leading wicket-taker in test history as a left-arm spinner with a haul of 362 wickets just behind Rangana Herath. He's the youngest test cricketer to capture 100 test wickets at the age of 21.

He is the bowler to have most frequently dismissed Shane Warne in Tests, getting him out nine times, most notably for 99 in a Test at Perth. Ironically, in the 1st Test against Pakistan in 2009–10 season, Vettori was himself dismissed for 99, while chasing a world record in centuries batting from position number 8. He is also the leading runscorer in test history when batting at number 8 position or lower (2227 runs) Daniel Vettori also has scored most number of test tons when batting at number 8 position(4)

For his performances in 2005, 2008 and 2010 he was named in the World ODI XI by the ICC. He was also named in the World ODI XI and T20I XI by ESPNcricinfo for 2007 and ODI XI for 2008.

He was named in the team of the tournament for the 2015 World Cup by the ICC. He was also named in the team of the tournament by ESPNcricinfo and Cricbuzz.


Daniel Vettori, Dunedin, NZ, 2009
Vettori playing a Test match in 2009 at University of Otago Oval during Pakistan's tour of New Zealand

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 not available. As of the end of 2006, he had led New Zealand in 11 games, winning eight 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: Twenty20s, ODIs and Tests. Initially, he was announced to be captain only of the former two.

His spell of 4 for 20 against India was named as the fourth-best T20I bowling performance of the year by ESPNcricinfo voters. He was named in the team of the tournament by ESPNcricinfo for the 2007 T20I World Cup.

Vettori's captaincy had a rocky start, starting by losing a Test series in England. Vettori also attracted some criticism in the following ODI series when he engaged in angry shouting from the balcony at The Oval, regarding a controversial run out that had occurred. He then refused to shake hands with the England team after the match. This contrasted with Fleming's more languid, laid back style.

Vettori stood down from the captaincy and retired from One day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals after the 2011 World Cup. However, he was called back into the ODI team for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. His name is included in the final 15 of the New Zealand team for the 2015 Cricket World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand. By that point, he retired from test cricket after his final test match was as an emergency injury cover against Pakistan in November 2014.

India Vs New zealand One day International, 10 December 2010 (6159936713) Daniel Vettori
Vettori playing an ODI during India's tour of New Zealand in 2010


Vettori matured into a useful lower-order batsman, having scored 4,000 Test runs, including six centuries (110 against Pakistan in 2011, 134 against Pakistan 2009, 140 against Sri Lanka 2009, 138* against Pakistan in 2003, 127 against Zimbabwe in 2005 and 118 against India in 2009) as well as 23 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.

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.

On 4 December 2009, despite the Black Caps only scoring 99 runs against Pakistan, Vettori became the highest Test run scorer batting at no.8 spot, a record previously held by Shane Warne.

After suffering a dip in form of batting in 2010 Vettori scored a century against Pakistan when he made 110 as New Zealand's lower order resisted to help post a total of 356 all out. Vettori averages a career 30.60 but his average jumps to 57.9 against Pakistan against whom he has three of his six centuries.

In July 2014, he played for the MCC side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord's.

International play

A five-wicket haul, or five-for, involves a player taking five or more wickets in a single innings, and is considered a significant achievement. Vettori is credited with 22 five-wicket hauls. Of his five-wicket hauls, Vettori has taken 20 in Test cricket and two in ODI matches. He has not yet achieved the feat in a T20i.

Vettori's 362 Test wickets lies second only to Richard Hadlee among all New Zealand Test bowlers. He made his Test debut during England's 1997 tour of New Zealand as the youngest to have ever played Test cricket for New Zealand, and took his first five-for against Sri Lanka in March that same year. His best bowling figures were achieved in March 2000 against Australia, where he took seven wickets for 87 runs. He has taken ten wickets across an entire Test match on three occasions. Vettori played his first ODI match in March 1997 and is his country's leading wicket taker. His maiden five wicket haul came in July 2004 against the West Indies, where he took five wickets for thirty runs—5/30—which gave New Zealand victory in the final of the 2004 NatWest Series. His other five-wicket haul in ODI cricket came in 2007 against Bangladesh, where he took five wickets for only 7 runs.

Coaching career

He was head coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2014 to 2018. In July 2019, Vettori was appointed as the head coach of the Dublin Chiefs for the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament. Bangladesh Cricket Board announced the appointment of Vettori as their spin bowling coach, on 27 July 2019.

Personal life

Vettori is of Italian origin. He is married to Mary O'Carroll (2007), with whom he has three children. He moved from Hamilton to Auckland to live with her but has continued playing for the Northern Districts Knights. They have a son named James (born 8 March 2009). Vettori was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to cricket. Vettori is the first cousin of David Hill, a rugby union player who played in one Test for the All Blacks.

A biography of Vettori was published in August 2008.

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