Saturday, 25 October 2008 16:38
Contributed by Damith S
Check it, the man's just had a sensational test match against Bangladesh, might not warrant for much, but the Kiwis were in a spot of bother at one stage before Vettori saved their asses, AGAIN.
Daniel, glasses and all, is a man who carries his entire countries fortunes, at least the cricketing ones, on his back.
Dan Vettori is New Zealand. New Zealand is Dan Vettori.
To drive home this point, picture the Kiwis without him. They would be no better than Bangladesh.
It really would be a battle of the minnows.
He does everything.
His bowling is brilliant. Proper world class.
He batting is a comical collection of good shots, ugliness and excruciatingly frustrating blocking. But it gets the job done.
The captaincy has not affected his cricketing ability one bit. When Stephen Fleming stepped down it left a huge void. He was someone everyone looked up to and not too many can remember a time when Fleming didn't captain New Zealand.
Vettori stepped up. His batting and bowling averages are a huge contrast to his career figures as captain.
With the bat he averages 41 as against his usual 27. With the ball it's down to 30 from 33. He is rated the second best all rounder in test cricket by the ICC.
Add to all this he is only 27. That's at least another good 8-10 years in the big league.
He is not afraid of a scrap either.
With some new stars coming in the Kiwis are currently in the process of developing into a good team
There is no better man to lead them through this haze of changing landscapes in world cricket.
Plus the ladies just adore him.
Harry Potteresque, Nerd or just plain old guy next door, what ever you may be Daniel,
Under rated, you are no longer.
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