New Zealand left-arm spinner, Daniel Vettori, has announced his retirement from international cricket. The 36-year-old Vettori made this expected announcement after arriving at Auckland Airport with the team from the World Cup on Tuesday. According to his media conference at the airport, the final match of the Cricket World Cup was his last game representing New Zealand.
In the final match of the Cricket World Cup held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, the Black Caps were beaten by seven wickets by co-host Australia. Bowling five overs, he gave 25 runs without any wicket. However, throughout the tournament, he took 15 wickets at an average of 20.46 with an economy rate of 4.04.
He played the most number of Test and ODI matches for the New Zealand cricket team with 113 Tests and 295 ODIs. He has become the 12th bowler to capture 300 wickets in ODI. He has so far bagged 305 wickets. In the longest format of cricket game, he took 362 wickets and became the ninth player to take more than 300 wickets in both Tests and ODIs. He is the second highest wicket taker for New Zealand after fast bowler Richard Hadlee who ended his career with 431.
The former captain who led the side after the retirement of Stephen Fleming in 2008 until after the 2011 World Cup has scored 4,531 runs in Tests at an average of exactly 30, with 6 centuries and 23 half-centuries. In ODIs, he has scored 2253 runs at an average of 17.33 with 4 half centuries.