January 18-21, 1997
At the age of 17, makes his first-class debut
for Northern Districts against the touring England side in Hamilton, and snares Nasser Hussain as his first wicket, caught at slip attempting a drive.
February 6-10, 1997
Test cricketer at 18
Makes Test debut
barely three weeks later, against the same opposition. Despite having turned 18 in the meantime, is still the youngest man to play Test cricket for New Zealand. Takes 2 for 98 and his first victim is, once again, Hussain.
March 25, 1997
Youngest in ODIs
Becomes New Zealand's youngest ODI player when he lines up against Sri Lanka
. Is only given two overs, which cost 21 runs.
September 25-29, 1997
Dan the batsman
Experts, already impressed with his bowling, now have reason to praise Vettori's batting. Scores a resilient 90 - his previous best first-class score was 29 - at No. 9 in a Test
October 29-November 2, 1999
Where are the wickets?
Becomes the second New Zealander, after Stephen Boock, to concede 200 runs in a Test
innings. As a Tendulkar-inspired India knock up 7 for 583, Vettori finishes with 4 for 200 from his 57 overs.
March 11-15, 2000
Lethal against the old enemy
Tears through Australia with 12 wickets in a losing Test
side, and in the process becomes the youngest spinner to reach 100 Test wickets.
Too much work?
Heavy bowling workload starts to take its toll, and he succumbs to stress fractures in his back which sideline him for several months.
December 19-23, 2003
Back in form
After a lean patch of form, returns to his dangerous self in a two-Test series
against Bangladesh. Takes 20 wickets in the series at a cost of just 11.20 per victim.
November 2, 2004
Captains New Zealand for the first time in an ODI. They enjoy a comfortable 138-run win over Bangladesh
Opening up in domestic cricket
Used as an opener by Northern Districts in limited-overs cricket, rewards them with two consecutive centuries. The first is a hefty 109 in a big win over Auckland, but three days later crushes that record with 138 from 111 balls in a semi-final against Canterbury.
Recognition at home
Is named New Zealand's Player of the Year, just reward for a season that includes 42 Test wickets at 27 and 22 ODI victims at 20.
August 7-8, 2005
And then there were three
Traps Heath Streak lbw in the Harare Test
to become the third New Zealand bowler to reach 200 Test wickets, joining Chris Cairns and Richard Hadlee. Also has a match to remember for his blistering 82-ball century, the fastest by a New Zealander in Test cricket.
One of the best
Is recognised with a place in the World XI side for the Super Series against Australia, and is the only New Zealander in the squad. Troubles Australia with 4 for 33 in the first ODI, and is one of six World XI stars to play in all three limited-overs games and the Super Test.
With Stephen Fleming incapacitated, Vettori takes over the captaincy for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series, which New Zealand lose 2-1.
New Zealand's best again
For the second year running, is named New Zealand's Player of the Year.
New format, new captain
Is handed the captaincy for the ICC World Twenty20 after Fleming, who quit the ODI leadership following the World Cup, is not selected. New Zealand make it to the semi-final, losing to Pakistan.
Is named the leader of the side for a long term, starting with a two-Test series
in South Africa, which New Zealand lose 2-0.
August 23, 2009
Power? Responsibility? I'll take it
a national selector, with a formalised voting right in the selection committee. Says he is objective enough and equipped enough to do the job.
August 26, 2009
Gets Kumar Sangakkara caught at midwicket, in the SSC Test
, to complete the double 300 Test wickets and 3000 runs. Only seven others have managed that.
July 25, 2012
Age catches up
Lugged through 51 overs in an innings against West Indies in
North Sound before his chronic back and Achilles problems threatened to derail his career.
September 28, 2014
A Test sabbatical for over two years. At 35 years old, his body was not keeping up and Vettori admitted
his five-day career may be over.
November 26, 2014
One more time
New Zealand were trailing Pakistan in the UAE and Brendon McCullum wanted an ace up his sleeve. So Vettori dusted
off his boots and helped his side to an innings and 80-run win
March 29, 2015
One last time
The World Cup final
. New Zealand's first World Cup final. Took down 15 batsmen and was an integral part of his side's emphatic dominance at home. Became the first from his country to claim 300 ODI wickets
March 31, 2015