Daniel Vettori

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Daniel Vettori
Daniel Vettori, Dunedin, NZ, 2009.jpg
Daniel Vettori at the University Oval in 2009
Personal information
Full name Daniel Luca Vettori
Born (1979-01-27) 27 January 1979 (age 36)
Auckland, New Zealand
Nickname Dan, Harry Potter [1]
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
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 27 February 2015 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 11
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996–present Northern Districts
2003 Nottinghamshire
2006 Warwickshire
2008–2010 Delhi Daredevils
2010 Queensland Bulls
2011–present Royal Challengers Bangalore
2011–present Brisbane Heat
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 113 286 174 356
Runs scored 4,531 2,203 6,695 3,499
Batting average 30.00 17.21 29.62 20.10
100s/50s 6/23 0/4 9/34 2/10
Top score 140 83 140 138
Balls bowled 28,814 13,605 42,258 17,173
Wickets 362 290 565 372
Bowling average 34.36 32.30 31.82 31.41
5 wickets in innings 20 2 33 2
10 wickets in match 3 n/a 3 n/a
Best bowling 7/87 5/7 7/87 5/7
Catches/stumpings 58/– 82/– 98/– 115/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 13 February 2015

Daniel Luca Vettori, ONZM (born 27 January 1979) is a cricketer for the New Zealand cricket team. He 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 is a bowling all-rounder who bowls slow left-arm orthodox spin; he is known for his accuracy, flight and guile rather than prodigious turn, and also his speed variation. He has a Test batting average of around 30 making him one of the more consistent and better batsmen in the New Zealand cricket team. In the fourth season of Indian Premier League, he was contracted by Royal Challengers Bangalore for US$550,000. He is currently the head coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. Vettori captained New Zealand between 2007 and 2011.

He was born in Auckland and brought up in Hamilton, attending Marian School and later St. Paul's Collegiate School. When available, he plays provincial cricket for Northern Districts and is also an international member of Indian Premier League team the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Vettori also represents the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League. He is 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, and West Indian Clive Lloyd.

Bowling records[edit]

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[2] and he is currently New Zealand's leading ODI wicket-taker.[3]

Vettori has three 10 wicket hauls in Test cricket, against Sri Lanka, Australia and Bangladesh. His best innings figures were achieved at 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.

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,[4] while chasing a world record in centuries batting from position number 8.


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.[5] 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 only be captain of the former two.[6]

Vettori's captaincy had a rocky start, losing a Test series in England first up. 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.[7] This contrasted with Fleming's more languid, laid back style.[8]

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.[9] By that point, he retired from test cricket after his final test match was as an emergency injury cover against Pakistan in November, 2014.


Vettori has 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, 137* 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.[10] 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.[11]


  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of his career.


Test centuries[edit]

No. Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 137* 49  Pakistan New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 2003 Drawn
2 127 63  Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2005 Won
3 118 90  India New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 2009 Lost
4 140 94  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club 2009 Lost
5 134 97  Pakistan New Zealand Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 2009 Drawn
6 110 105  Pakistan New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 2011 Drawn

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Test five-wicket hauls[edit]

Daniel Vettori's Test 5-Wicket Hauls[12]
No. Figures Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 5–84 4  Sri Lanka New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 1997 Won
2 6–64 14  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club 1998 Lost
3 6–127 25  India India Kanpur, India Green Park 1999 Lost
4 5–62 29  Australia New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 2000 Lost
5 7–87
6 5–138 33  Australia Australia Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 2001 Drawn
7 6–87 34  Australia Australia Perth, Australia W.A.C.A. Ground 2001 Drawn
8 6–28 56  Bangladesh Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium 2004 Won
9 6–70 57  Bangladesh Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh MA Aziz Stadium 2004 Won
10 6–100
11 5–152 59  Australia Australia Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2004 Lost
12 5–106 60  Australia New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium 2005 Lost
13 7–130 73  Sri Lanka New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 2006 Lost
14 5–69 81  England United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom Lord's 2008 Drawn
15 5–66 82  England United Kingdom Manchester, England, United Kingdom Old Trafford 2008 Lost
16 5–59 84  Bangladesh Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium 2008 Won
17 5–66 85  Bangladesh Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Shere Bangla National Stadium 2008 Drawn
18 6–56 88  West Indies New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand University Oval 2008 Drawn

ODI five-wicket hauls[edit]

Daniel Vettori's One Day International 5-Wicket Hauls[13]
No. Figures Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 5–30 137  West Indies United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom Lord's 2004 Won
2 5–7 210  Bangladesh New Zealand Queenstown, New Zealand Queenstown Events Centre 2007 Won

Personal life[edit]

Vettori is of Italian origin.[14][15] He is married to Mary O'Carroll, with whom he has two children. He moved from Hamilton to Auckland to live with her but has continued playing for the Northern Districts Knights.[16] They have a son named James[17] (born 8 March 2009).[18] Vettori was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to cricket.[19] Vettori is the first cousin of David Hill, a rugby union player who played in one Test for the All Blacks.[20]


A biography of Vettori was published in August 2008. [21]


  1. ^ "Vettori confident of fruitful outing". Deccan Herald. 2 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Ackerman, Sam (27 August 2009). "Vettori joins cricket's elite 300 wicket, 3,000 run club". 3 News. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Records / New Zealand / One-Day Internationals / Most wickets". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Scorecard: New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st Test at Dunedin, 24–28 November 2009". Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Leggat, David (10 August 2007). "Vettori for captain as Fleming hits 145". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Changing of the guard for Black Caps". TVNZ. 12 September 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "NZ snub England". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  8. ^ http://www.sportingo.com/cricket/a1159_stephen-fleming-new-zealand-crickets
  9. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-cricket-world-cup-2015/content/story/818003.html
  10. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/new-zealand-v-pakistan-2010/content/story/496914.html
  11. ^ "MCC v Rest of the World - 5 July". Lord's. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Statsguru: Daniel Vettori, Cricinfo, 12 March 2010.
  13. ^ Statsguru: Daniel Vettori, Cricinfo, 12 March 2010.
  14. ^ "Daniel Vettori's parents remember his Test debut and the days before it". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Daniel Vettori Profile". Blackcaps. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Vettori to marry girlfriend, move to Auckland". The New Zealand Herald. 6 May 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  17. ^ "What the Kiwi gossip mags say". stuff.co.nz. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  18. ^ "Baby boy for Vettori". The New Zealand Herald. 9 March 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  19. ^ "The Queen's Birthday Honours 2011". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "'I had two cups of tea in my hands and they were shaking'". ESPNcricinfo. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  21. ^ Boock, R. (2008) Daniel Vettori:Turning Point, Hodder Moa ISBN 1-86971-133-5

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Preceded by
Stephen Fleming
New Zealand national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Ross Taylor