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Vettori hurts right knee during New Zealand win

Brydon Coverdale in Pallekele

March 8, 2011

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Daniel Vettori is helped up by his team-mates after hurting his knee, New Zealand v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup, Pallekele, March 8, 2011
Daniel Vettori had to be helped off the field after injuring his knee © AFP
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New Zealand's triumph over Pakistan might have come at considerable cost as they sweat on the fitness of their captain Daniel Vettori, who hurt his right knee during the victory. Vettori appeared seriously restricted in his movement after diving for an attempted catch at mid-on in the sixth over of Pakistan's innings, and two balls later he limped slowly from the field.

He struggled to walk around the boundary with the help of the support staff and had ice treatment in the rooms while the vice-captain Ross Taylor oversaw the 110-run win. A New Zealand spokesman said the extent of Vettori's injury would not be known until the team arrives in Mumbai ahead of their fifth group match, Sunday's clash with Canada.

"We'll just have to wait and see," Taylor said. "Obviously he's a key part of our team and we need him to go further in this competition. But he didn't bowl a ball today and we won, so we just have to give it a couple of days and see where he's at. Hopefully he's all right come two or three days' time."

Vettori is not only a key player due to his bowling on the spin-friendly surfaces of the subcontinent, but he is also a canny leader whose on-field nous would be missed if he is sidelined. If that is the case, New Zealand would look to Taylor, 27, to captain the side, as he has done in nine one-day internationals for three victories.

"I've captained the team in quite a few matches now," Taylor said. "We've got a lot of senior players in the team for me to look to, to get help and to bounce ideas off. We'll have to wait and see, but if it did come about it would be something that would be an honour to do. There's still a long way to go in this competition, but if that comes about then I'd grab it with both hands."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Finn on (March 10, 2011, 23:02 GMT)

Do you not realise that you can't change your squad based on players form, you may only replace injured players so dropping Franklin for Vincent would never happen unless he got injured. In any case, if Dan is out Woodcock should come in as NZ batting is strong enough and I don't think Nicol should come in and bat at 6/7/8

Posted by blac on (March 10, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

nz rely on vettori to much, bowled very well without him. Positve is the 2 sleeping giants have awoken ross and jacob.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 10, 2011, 2:43 GMT)

IF Vetorri is out, then New Zealand either need Rob Nichol to bat at 6, with Styris at 5 and woodcock in as a 2nd spinner (franklin out). OR lou vincent (I hear he's unavailable, but he could probably be talked around, he really wanted to make it into this side and should be there if Glenn Turner wasn't on the panel). OR Chris Martin, who is in great form back home, to come in as the 3rd seamer, I suspect he'd go really well, if he came in, i'd swap franklin for woodcock, move oram to 6 styris to 5, and put woodcock in at 9 with mills at 8. Can't see any other candidates than those 3.

Posted by Jon on (March 10, 2011, 2:38 GMT)

@riskreddy If you actually watched the game you will know that Vetorri was going for a catch. Kiwi fieldsman, unlike some other teams, are always comitted in the field and sometimes injuries occur. Maybe Kamran Akmal should hit the ball cleanly instead of spooning it to mid on, then Vetorri would be fetching the ball from the boundary instead of exiting the World Cup on a drinks cart.

Posted by Jacob on (March 10, 2011, 1:26 GMT)

@riskreddy. Daniel Vettoris injury came from an attempted catch, big difference between saving a single and dismissing a top order batsman, wake up please

Posted by Rishi on (March 9, 2011, 22:52 GMT)

@plow. Saving runs, by fielding well is one thing. But getting injured to save a single is another thing. Not very smart cricket. Vettori is the key spinner for NZ in a spin friendly tournament. Losing him in course of trying to save a single, i think indeed is crappy. Diving around for everything untill you get injured doesnt win you matches. Vettori is also the captain of the team, so he should watch himself. Losing Vettori could mean losing the World Cup for NZ. May be NZ should have more commitment towards batting (especially Franklin and How), rather than feilding, and jumping around to stop a single run and sprain a bone. India is not the best fielding side but they are the smarter fielding side for sure. I m sure Vettori realizes it now.

Posted by Scott on (March 9, 2011, 22:06 GMT)

its simple what nz need 2 do if he is out of the world cup. get in rob nicol. he can come in and bat at 5 and bowls spin quite alot now. bring in luke woodcock into the 11 and drop franklin. nicol and woodcock and share the overs so they wouldnt have 2 bowl 10 if it turns bad. this means nz have 3 pace 3 spin and 2 medium pace options in thea team aswell as a team that on paper can bat to 11

Posted by Peter on (March 9, 2011, 10:03 GMT)

@rakesh sharma.. its because they are crap feilders who don't commit. That vettori got injured shows that the kiwis throw their body on the line to save runs in the field. Injuries are going to happen.

Posted by Steven on (March 9, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

Look Pakistan fans, you were beaten by a better team, get over it. You can't just blame one dropped catch, or a one or two bowlers...NZ were better than you in all areas of the game, you were 100 RUNS BEHIND! Great win for the Black Caps, big win over Canada and we should top the group.

Posted by Rakesh on (March 9, 2011, 7:11 GMT)

How is that Indian players hardly get injured while fielding?

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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