New Zealand celebrated stalwart Daniel Vettori No. 11 shirt has been retired in honor of the legend. Black Caps former captain had an illustrious career representing his team across all formats. He bagged 305 wickets and amassed 2253 runs in One-Day-Internationals before bringing down the curtains at the end of ICC 2015 World Cup.
He was the youngest player to represent New Zealand in the Test arena as he made his debut at the tender age of 18 and also captained Kiwis from 2007 until 2011. The bespectacled bowling all-rounder was a canny left-arm orthodox spinner with a liquid-smooth rolling action and was undoubtedly a rare breed because we don't see many quality spinners emerging from New Zealand.
Players that represent New Zealand in 200 ODIs have their shirt number retired. Daniel Vettori who wore number 11 has played the most ODIs for the BLACKCAPS with 291. pic.twitter.com/5oeGPKdnEK— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 5, 2019
The New Zealand cricket board has decided that players who have played 200 ODIs will have their shirt number retired. However, there is some confusion brewing as players such as Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum, Chris Harris, Ross Taylor, and many other Kiwis have played in excess of 200 ODIs but there is no announcement regarding their shirt numbers status.
Vettori was a team player and was not a slogger with the bat by any means. You may recall his batting heroics as he struck six centuries in his prolific career. He famously wreaked havoc on Pakistan by accumulating crucial 110 runs off 166 balls when New Zealand's tail wagged back in 2011 at Wellington and they ended up posting a whooping 356 runs on the board that helped them draw the match.
Vettori will have a 100-day coaching stint with Bangladesh starting from their tour of India later this year. He is very upbeat to use his experience and knowledge of the game with the likes of Shakib al Hasan, Mehedi Hasan Miraz and the future crop of spin wizards.