The Man: Steely Dan
Daniel ‘Luca Brasi‘ Vettori is a Kiwi force to be reckoned with. Not a terrifying, make you crap-your-pants kind of force, but one you don’t mess with anyway.
You wonder where Dan would be if he weren’t from Middle Earth.
If he were Indian he would be a discard, if he were Australian he would be a one test wonder. If he were South African you could expect him to play for England anytime soon.
If he were English, he’d be the all rounder vice captain, if he were Bangladeshi, he would be the captain.
If he were Pakistani he’d be spending a lot of time denying statements and in the courts, if he were Sri Lankan he’d be called a chucker and a genius.
If he were West Indian, he’d be sitting at home while a bunch of second string players represented the Board, if he were Zimbabwean, he’d be a farmer…in jail.
But he’s not all that. He’s a New Zealander. He is their best, most dedicated, most untiring, loyal and able servant now.
He knows he will always be in the shadow of Hadlee but raid my castle and have me drawn and quartered if that ever stops him from going about his job.
In his own little unassuming way, he’s made sure that he won’t go down sleeping with the fishes quietly. He is the first slow left armer to take 300 wickets and only the second Kiwi to have made 3000 runs and taken 300 wickets in tests.
Cheers to a wonderful player to have in your cricket team, fantasy or real!