Vettori toils for just reward
It's common to see a spinner getting extended spells in Test matches in India. Daniel Vettori is no exception. The left-armer did that on two previous tours of India as well. Atreyo Mukhopadhyay reports.cricket Updated: Nov 14, 2010 22:35 IST
It's common to see a spinner getting extended spells in Test matches in India. Daniel Vettori is no exception. The left-armer did that on two previous tours of India as well.
Having bowled 468.2 overs in seven Tests in India, Vettori has achieved something his more illustrious peers such as Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan could not. Vettori has now dismissed Sachin Tendulkar four times in India, which is more than any other spinner.
The latest instance took place on Sunday and he has done this despite bowling 100-plus overs fewer than Muralitharan on Indian soil.
The success has come after much toil though. Being the only specialist spinner in the team for the second Test, Vettori had to roll his arm over for 29 of the 85 overs his team bowled on Day III.
Vettori started the day and bowled 11 overs for 16 runs before taking himself off for six overs. He came back to bowl two more before lunch. The second new ball was taken one over after the restart and Vettori used fast bowlers from both ends for 15 overs before coming back and bowling unchanged for 16 more.
Vettori shouldered responsibility in 92.5 of the 254.3 overs his team bowled in the first Test and till stumps on Day III of the second, he has done the job for 45 of the 134 overs that his team has spent on the field. This makes it more than one-third of the total load.
"Vettori bowled really well," said Rahul Dravid, who has himself been dismissed thrice by Vettori in India. "He is a top-class bowler. He varies his flight and pace beautifully. It's not easy to get him away for runs."
The difference in pace of the slowest and the fastest delivery bowled by Vettori was around 20 kmph. He also used the crease to vary the angle and seldom gave batsmen the width.
This is not the first time Vettori is bowling so many overs and probably not the last. When he gets down to rest those aching limbs, the record of sorts he has earned against Tendulkar might make him feel it's been worth the toil.