Daniel Luca Vettori, popularly known as Daniel Vettori, is a former New Zealand cricketer who holds the acclaim of being the 200th Test Cap for New Zealand. He served as the captain of the New Zealand cricket team between 2007 and 2011. He is the eighth player in the history of test cricket to take 300 wickets and score 3000 runs. He is also the youngest player to join the cricket team at the tender age of 18.

NameDaniel Luca Vettori (Dan)
Date of Birth27 January 1979 (age 38), Auckland, New Zealand
SpouseMary O'Carroll (2007 - present) (2 children)
SonJames [ 8 March 2009 (age 8) ]
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
ProfessionNew Zealand former cricketer

Childhood Picture of Daniel Vettori

Daniel Vettori was born on 27 January, 1979 in Auckland and he was brought up in Hamilton where he went ahead to attend Marian School and St. Paul’s Collegiate School. He is nicknamed as Dan and notable for playing cricket while wearing spectacles.

Personal Life

daniel vettori personal life

Daniel Vettori is of Italian origin, who was born in Auckland. He married Mary O’ Carroll in 2007 with whom he has 4 children. He moved to Auckland from Hamilton but continued playing for Northern Districts. He was also made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2011’s Queen Birthday Honors, for all his services to cricket. He also served in the Indian Premiere League(IPL) representing Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Daniel Vettori’s Legendary Journey of Cricket

Bowling Career


Daniel Vettori is remarkably known for having 10 wicket hauls against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Australia. His best innings were accomplished in 2000 in Auckland where he secured 7 wickets and gave only 87 runs to Australia. That game provided his best career match figures at 12/149. In Chittagong, he secured 12 wickets against Bangladesh and that made him the only New Zealander to have taken 12 wickets on 2 occasions. Combining his inputs in ODIs and tests, he is the first left arm spinner in the history of cricket to take more than 300 wickets. He was also the youngest test cricketer to capture 100 test wickets at the age of 21 and now stands as the second leading wicket taker in test history preceded by RanganaHerath. He stands as the leading wicket taker of New Zealand in ODIs.

Batting Career

daniel vettori batting career

He developed himself into a utile lower order batsman notable for scoring 4000 runs that includes six centuries and 23 half centuries. In December 2006, he instituted himself as an all-rounder, usually batting at number 5. In December 2009, he established himself as the highest test run scorer battling at 8th position and earning the record previously held by Shane Warne. Daniel Vettori usually averaged at 30.60 but his average increased to 57.9 against Pakistan. He also has three of his centuries against Pakistan out of his total six. In July 2014, Daniel Vettori played for the MCC side in the Bicentenary Celebration Match held at Lord’s.


Daniel Vettori had captained the Black Caps a number of times on occasions the regular captain Stephen Fleming was unavailable. At the end of 2006, he had already led New Zealand in 11 games, out of which they won 8 games. He was instituted as the permanent caption in 2007 and his initial career had a stony start. He got enmeshed in a defeat and refused to shake hands with his England contemporaries, after a match, which contrasted sharply with the formal captain’s languid style.

Daniel Vettori Biography – Achievements & Timeline

Daniel Vettori Famous Quotes

“I’m mostly in my tees and jeans or shorts; New Zealand is a very casual kind of place. Consciously, I don’t go all out for designer labels. I wear what I look good and feel comfortable in. – On his fashion style.”

“Being recognized in public and regularly in the public spotlight was not enjoyable at first. I try not to let it worry me.”

“My theory on captaincy is that you lead with your performance, so I’m putting myself in those positions where I can give myself the most opportunity.”

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