ICC awards 2012 September 15, 2012

Vettori gets Spirit of Cricket award

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand left-arm spinner, has won the ICC Spirit of Cricket award for a sporting gesture during a Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo last November.

The match was heading for a tight finish, when Vettori accidentally collided with the non-striker Malcolm Waller during his follow-through. The clash hindered Waller from taking a single, and by that time the striker Regis Chakabva was too far down the track to get back. Though the wicketkeeper Reece Young took off the bails, Vettori immediately indicated that he had blocked Waller, and New Zealand decided to not appeal for Chakabva's wicket.

"It was the right thing to do at the time and we as a team try and play with the right spirit of cricket," Vettori said after receiving the award in Colombo. "It's hard to define the spirit of cricket, but go out on the field with the general mindset to play the game in the right way and always in the right frame of mind."

Vettori's gesture earned him the award ahead of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez and the South African pair of Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers. MS Dhoni had taken the award last year, for recalling Ian Bell after a controversial run-out during the Trent Bridge Test.

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  • Tim on September 17, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Congratulations, Dan. This is THE award to win & it couldn't go to a more appropriate player. UR one of the greatest players NZC have produced & one of the true gents of the game & it's great to see you back in T20I squad. Please now come back into ODI team as well. NZ team is lost without it's guiding light. Best of luck, top man!!

  • associate cricket fan on September 17, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    i want to see vettori in ODIs captaining all forms of the game in the next 3 years. he is the only man can rescue this NZ team. ross taylor is simply not good as a captain. hopefully he can learn something from vettori and fleming.

  • Shikhar on September 16, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    New Zealand team has always been a True ambassador for the game......

  • Varun on September 16, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    this is the most valuable award of all... congrats Vettori. hats off to u. u r an inspiration for all the cricketers...

  • Anshuman on September 16, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Congratulations Daniel. Cricinfo, please keep this article on front and give this same importance if not more than those on other awards. Focus on the spirit of the game has become more crucial than ever.

  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    What a role model... a true legend of the sport.

  • Lakmal on September 15, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    An All-time humble cricketer;vettori.Take a bow sir!!!

  • Mihil on September 15, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    The unsung legend of NZ cricket!!

  • Raheel on September 15, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Thumbs UP Daniel Vettori

  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    well-done sir vettori you are the gem.

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