Daniel Vettori      

Full name Daniel Luca Vettori

Born January 27, 1979, Auckland

Current age 39 years 142 days

Major teams New Zealand, Delhi Daredevils, ICC World XI, Jamaica Tallawahs, Northern Districts, Nottinghamshire, Queensland, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Warwickshire

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Relation Uncle - AJ Hill, Cousin - JV Hill

Daniel Luca Vettori
    January 18-21, 1997
    First sightings
    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 against Zimbabwe.
    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.
    September, 2000
    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
    Test centurion
    Scores his maiden Test century, an unbeaten 137 against Pakistan.
    October, 2004
    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
    First-time captain
    Captains New Zealand for the first time in an ODI. They enjoy a comfortable 138-run win over Bangladesh.
    February, 2005
    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.
    March, 2005
    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.
    October, 2005
    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.
    December, 2005
    Succession plan?
    With Stephen Fleming incapacitated, Vettori takes over the captaincy for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series, which New Zealand lose 2-1.
    March, 2006
    New Zealand's best again
    For the second year running, is named New Zealand's Player of the Year.
    August, 2007
    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.
    November, 2007
    Full-time captain
    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
    Is appointed 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
    Excellent eight
    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
    The end?
    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
    The farewell
    Daniel Vettori retires after an 18-year career in international cricket. One of three players in history to couple 300 Test wickets with with 4000 Test runs