Vettori didn’t require sandpaper to deliver

Daniel Vettori

At last!

When Daniel Vettori made his last appearance for New Zealand, on the international stage, it was on the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He was a member of the Blackcaps team and their opponent was Australia. It was the 2015 – 50 over World Cup Final which Australia won. The most vivid memory I have of this occasion was at the dismissal of Vettori. His last act as a member of the Blackcaps.

When a cricketer of this calibre walks from the field for the last time having accumulated a spectacular resume through nineteen years of international cricket, you would think there would be some acknowledgement from the opposition. There was. Abuse, snares and pointing to the changing rooms.

One player followed him halfway to the pavilion shouting abuse. It was then that it dawned on me that the Australian team has no respect for the game, it’s history nor it’s hero’s unless of course, they were Australians. There can be no greater example of disrespect shown towards one of cricket’s greats. The last act of his career was acknowledged with immature abuse by the Australian Cricket team. It beggars belief that one sportsman could do that to another on such an occasion. But sadly, this is the culture of this Australian team. They are nasty people who happen to be good cricketers.

To highlight Daniel Vettori’s nineteen-year international career, he was the youngest cricketer to represent his country at 18. He captained the Blackcaps in all formats of the game. He had taken 100 test wickets by the aged of 21. His total career test haul was 362. He made 6 test centuries at an average of 30.

His best innings bowling performance was 7/87, coincidently against Australia. His best match bowling performance was 12/149, coincidently against Australia. The player he most frequently dismissed was coincidently Australian spin bowler, Shane Warne. He dismissed him on 9 occasions, once when he was on 99. Vettori let his talent do the talking and I’m sure he caused more misery for their test side than any childish rant could deliver. And Vettori didn’t require sandpaper to deliver.


by George

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