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A spinner has to be one step ahead: Vettori

In an exclusive chat with Atreyo Mukhopadhyay, Daniel Vettori says a spinner has to be one step ahead of the batsman. This means you have to have a complete armoury and you also have to able to predict what the batsman is going to do.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2009 03:20 IST
Atreyo Mukhopadhyay

Daniel Vettori is among the leading spinners in international cricket and also the captain of New Zealand. A thoughtful customer, as the bespectacled look suggests, Vettori has emerged as a key player for the Delhi Daredevils in IPL II. Vettori spoke to Hindustan Times on Wednesday on spinner’s role in T20 and more. Excerpts.

Initially, did you feel a little out of place being a spinner in the T20 mix?

Not quite. One advantage for a spinner in this version of the game is that batsmen are always going to get after you. This means an opportunity for the bowler all the time. In other forms of the game, the chances you get as a bowler don't come so easy. So if you plan properly and try to read the batsman's mind in T20, chances of getting a wicket are higher.

Being a spinner, what kind of adjustments do you have to make in T20?

More than adjustments, it's about planning. You have to be ahead of the game in the sense that you have to anticipate how and when a batsman is trying to cart you for a six. Once you get that feeling, it becomes easier for you to plan your stuff in terms of line, length or flight.

In principle, aren't the odds stacked in favour of the batsmen in T20?

That's how it's been designed because the element of entertainment is related intricately to it. Of course it makes things difficult for bowlers. Having said that, there is always the possibility of the ball dominating the bat.

How heady a feeling was it to win the Man-of-the-Match award?

It obviously felt very good to have contributed to the team's cause. Expectations are always going to be more from overseas players and it was good to have lived up to them in that game (against Kings XI Punjab).

The timeout helped us regroup and we succeeded in controlling the pace of the game after that. It showed that even in T20, the key is to take wickets.

We have seen batsmen coming up with a lot of innovations in T20. What does a spinner do in terms of being innovative?

A spinner has to be one step ahead of the batsman. This means you have to have a complete armoury and you also have to able to predict what the batsman is going to do. Reading the batsman's mind is most important and then only can you decide what you are going to bowl.

Is New Zealand cricket going through a phase of crisis in terms of resources or is it a rebuilding process?

It's neither a crisis nor a process of rebuilding. We have had a few good results in the recent past barring the series against India.

Even against India, we won the T20 games. We have beaten the West Indies and Bangladesh convincingly. We have good upcoming batsmen in Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder. We also have good bowlers coming up. It's just that we have to learn to win more.