AUDIO: Former New Zealand captain and left-arm spinner, Daniel Vettori, believes records will continue to tumble in T20.Vettori is one of a new bread of coaches who have carved a niche for themselves as T20 specialists. He lists on his CV current head coaching roles at the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Brisbane Heat in Australia’s Big Bash. He was recently given a three-year deal by English county Middlesex to work his T20 magic there.
- Listen to Cricket Badger’s interview with Daniel Vettori at the bottom of this article
- This is the first of three parts of our Vettori interview – in part two we talk about his role at Middlesex and in part three we look ahead to the IPL
All formats of the game are played with bat and ball, but the dynamic nature of T20 utilises skills never seen before the first matches were played in England in 2003.
We see sheer brutality from the likes of West Indian Chris Gayle. South Africa’s AB de Villiers is termed a 360 degree batsman who can hit boundaries to any part of the ground. And Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, can mix finesse with glorious six hitting. These three would make most people’ all-time world T20 side and all play under Vettori at RCB. How do you coach genius?
“You don’t,” Vettori answered with a chuckle. “You let that skill just do what it does. I think that’s been the main blessing of being involved in the IPL – to be able to see how many people do it in different ways and you grab what they do and relate it to guys that probably aren’t quite at that level and say ‘this is how these guys get to it and maybe you can take a little part of it.
“So It has really opened up guys horizons around what it means to be successful and how they can incorporate other people in that. I think that’s been invaluable for so many players.”
When it is suggested that Vettori is a T20 specialist of the modern age he accepts the tag uncomfortably.
“I suppose so,” he answers. “I’d like to think I can offer a service in the other departments as well, but my primary roles are with T20 sides and I’m very fortunate in this day and age that these opportunities are available to not only players but coaching staff as well.”
And while he circumnavigate the cricket world soaking up all things short-for Vettori can’t see an immediate end to records tumbling. Back in 1968 when Garry Sobers became the first player to hit six sixes in one over people said it would never be repeated. Although it’s remains a special achievement it is no longer considered a once in a lifetime spectacle, possibly not even once in a year.
While there is a mathematical limit to achievements, Vettori thinks there is a lot more still to come.
“I think the double hundred in T20 cricket is inevitable,” he ventured. “I was there when Chris Gayle got 175 and so it is going to happen. That’s great – people love that spectacle in T20 cricket.
“It is tough on the bowlers but it forces them to make some changes and the guys that are really good at it can have really lucrative careers. There’s no reason why the game won’t keep evolving.”
It was once assumed that only batting powerhouses would prove successful, but as Kohli, Joe Root and Kane Williamson have proved you don’t have to be built like a brick outhouse to score T20 runs.
If you are good you can be good across all formats.
“The fact that most players are experiencing various conditions around the world in all formats means that there are no new environments anymore so they can find ways to be successful no matter where they go.
“And the good players lead that, but I think you find a lot that the younger guys are getting those experiences sooner than they possibly would 10 or 15 years ago.”
LISTEN TO CRICKET BADGER’s INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL VETTORI…
This is the first of three parts of our Vettori interview – in part two we talk about his role at Middlesex and in part three we look ahead to the IPL
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