31 March 2015
Vettori Retires after Brilliant #cwc15 Campaign
Left-arm spinner ends as New Zealand's most successful bowler with 705 international wickets
Vettori is New Zealand’s best ODI bowler with 297 scalps (and another eight for World XI) and the country’s most-capped cricketer in Tests (112) and ODIs (291)
Vettori ended on a high, playing an instrumental role in New Zealand’s first-ever World Cup final appearance. He finished as the competition's leading spinner with 15 wickets at an average of 20.46 and an economy rate of 4.40, and was named in the International Cricket Council’s team of the tournament.
That took his wickets tally in five ICC Cricket World Cup campaigns to 36 from 32 matches, although he did not play a game in the 1999 edition.
Having made his Test debut in February 1997 just ten days after his 18th birthday, Vettori ended his career as New Zealand’s highest wicket-taker across formats with 705 scalps in 442 matches, including 362 in Test matches. His career-best figures of 7 for 87 in Tests came against Australia in Auckland in March 2000; in One-Day Internationals, the 5 for 7 against Bangladesh in 2007 was his best.
New Zealand’s best ODI bowler with 297 scalps (and another eight for World XI) and the country’s most-capped cricketer in Tests (112) and ODIs (291), he also led New Zealand in 32 Tests, 82 ODIs and 28 Twenty20 Internationals between 2007 and 2011. He was particularly successful as a leader in white-ball cricket, leading them to 41 wins in ODIs and 13 in T20Is. He once also appeared in an ICC World XI.
“It was my last game for New Zealand, in the final, so it was a lovely way to finish,” said Vettori. “It would have been great to win, but I am pretty proud of everyone, the way we have gone about things the last six weeks.
“To be able to finish in the final, albeit without a win, I am just very grateful for the amount of support I had particularly from Brendon (McCullum, the captain) and Mike (Hesson, the coach),” he added. “To be able to get back from a number of injuries and to be here and to be part of it is something I will always treasure.”
Vettori, one of the eight players and only the second New Zealander after Richard Hadlee to finish with 300 wickets and 3000 Test runs, joined Mahela Jayawardene and Brendan Taylor in retiring completely from international cricket after theICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
He had quit Test cricket in July 2012, but returned for a one-off match in the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah last November, which New Zealand won to level the three-match series.
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