Daniel Vettori names Rahul Dravid as the toughest batsman to bowl at
Vettori was also asked to name a player he would want to have in his team and he said it is India captain Virat Kohli.
Updated - Oct 24, 2019 1:33 pm
Daniel Vettori, who has taken over 700 international wickets in a career spanning 18 years besides scoring almost 7,000 runs with six Test hundreds, named former India captain Rahul Dravid as the toughest batsman to bowl at. One of the questions asked him about the player before whom Vettori would feel scared and he came up with the name of dashing former Australian wicket-keeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist.
Vettori, one of the best spinners his country has produced, recently appeared on ESPN Cricinfo where he was bombarded with 25 questions on his thoughts and likings. The 40-year-old former left-arm cricketer revealed during the question-answer session a number of interesting facts, including the Indian cricketer he found most difficult to bowl at or the Indian player he would want to have in his team.
Daniel Vettori picks Virat Kohli as a player to have in his team
Vettori was also asked to name a player he would want to have in his team and he said it is India captain Virat Kohli. It may be mentioned here that Vettori and Kohli have spent a long time together in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) dressing room in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Vettori was the captain of the IPL in 2011 and 2012 seasons when Kohli had played under him. In 2013, Kohli was made the captain replacing the Kiwi who took over as the coach of the RCB and the duo continued in their respective roles for six years till 2018 when Garry Kirsten replaced Vettori as the coach.
He had led the RCB to the final of the IPL in 2011 while Kohli did the same in 2016 but none could be successful in winning the trophy. Vettori was also asked during the interview whether he would like to be in the IPL as a player or as a coach and he said he opted for the second role.
Which batsman did Dan Vettori fear bowling to? And which cricket star made him nervous when they first met?
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Vettori is New Zealand’s second-most successful bowler in Tests with 362 scalps after Sir Richard Hadlee (431 wickets) and is only the third player in the world to have scored over 4,000 runs and taken more than 300 wickets in the long format, after legendary all-rounders Ian Botham and Kapil Dev.