Daniel Vettori – the premier slow left-arm all-rounder
Daniel Vettori took 9-133 in this Test. Shakib al Hasan took 9-116.
Daniel Vettori hit 76 in his second innings. Shakib al Hasan hit 71.
Daniel Vettori hit 55 not out in his first innings. Shakib al Hasan got five.
Daniel Vettori wins. New Zealand win. Shakib al Hasan loses. We say ‘balls’.
It was such a low-key match because of the teams involved and the Test going on elsewhere, but it seems unfair that Vettori’s performance should be so overlooked. Chasing down 317 when your side was bowled out for 171 in the first innings is no mean feat whoever you’re playing and Vettori’s contribution in every single innings was exceptional.
It’s the glasses. Even if you’re having a great day, every bad ball will be greeted with ‘nice bowling, Poindexter’ or somesuch.
Don’t try and tell us that Daniel Vettori isn’t a Poindexter. We should know. We can smell our own.
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