New Zealand left-arm spinner and former captain Daniel Vettori finally confirmed his retirement from international cricket.
“It was my last game for New Zealand so it was a lovely way to finish,” said Vettori, upon arrival in Auckland. “To be able to finish in the final, albeit without a win, 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.” Said Vettori.
Vettori retires as New Zealand’s most capped Test and ODI player having played his 113th Test match against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates last November, more than two years since his last appearance in the longest form of the game.
He picked his 300th ODI wicket during the tournament against Afghanistan in Napier in CWC 2015 , he became the 12th bowler to achieve the amzing record. He played 295 Matches with 305 wickets with decent economy rate 4.12 ] .
The left-arm spinner also ended his Test career as the second highest wicket-taker for New Zealand, signing off with 362 wickets in 113 Tests with 2.59 Econ.
Vettori is the ninth player to take more than 300 wickets in both Tests and ODIs, having finished his Test career with 362 wickets and is the second-highest Test wicket taker for New Zealand.Across all teams, he is the most prolific number eight batsman in Tests, having scored 2,227 runs with four centuries at an average of just under 40 .
Vettori was a baby-faced youth of 18 years and 10 days when he first broke into the New Zealand team, making his test debut against England at Wellington in 1997 despite having played only two first-class games. Later the same year, he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Christchurch.