Vettori bids adieu to ODI cricket

Published on March 31, 2015 13:06:43 PM
Sports
Auckland: Former New Zealand left-arm spinner, Daniel Luca Vettori, who is the youngest player to have represented New Zealand in the Test cricket, has decided to resign from the One Day International (ODI) format.

The 'most capped' New Zealand player, whose 50-over format was a subject of discussion on the conclusion of New Zealand's marvelous World Cup tournament in which the team reached the finals, said it was the right time to resign from the ODI.
The 36-year-old made the announcement of his retirement from 50-over format right after the Kiwi’s landed here from Australia following a seven-wicket loss to Aussies in the tournament's final match in MCG 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 reach the finals, even without a win, is a great feat. 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.

The veteran left-arm spinner, who made his debut in 1996-97 at the age of 18, went on to become not just the most capped Kiwi player with 112 caps but also the team's leading wicket-taker with 305 scalps at an average of 31.71 from 295 matches.

The veteran has been struggling with injuries in the recent past but has been a key figure for the Black Caps. He was named as one of the top spinners, which got him a place in the ICC World Cup Tournament.