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Vettori takes up Royal Challenge

cricket Updated: Apr 06, 2011 01:21 IST

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New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori will lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

RCB chairman Vijay Mallya in a statement said: “Vettori is a experienced and respected leader and we hope to ride to the pinnacle of success in this IPL under his leadership.”

Vettori led a spirited New Zealand team to the ICC World Cup 2011 semifinals where they lost to Sri Lanka.

Former Indian Test captain Anil Kumble led the Royal Challengers for the second and third editions of the IPL in which it finished as runners-up and the third best team in 2009 and 2010.

Kumble is the chief mentor of the Royal Challengers.

“Vettori is a respected professional not only within his team but amongst his international peers as well. His unique ability to get players to perform as a unit and deliver more than just the sum of their parts, as he has done time and again with New Zealand, will be a big asset for any team,” Kumble said. Follow the leaders

Royal Challengers coach Ray Jennings said that Vettori is probably the best spinner in the world at the moment and brings in tremendous skills that will be useful on the Indian pitches.