Napier, Mar 6: Daniel Vettori said Friday he was delighted at the prospect of becoming the first New Zealander to take 300 one-day international wickets, but his team's success at the World Cup meant more than individual records.
Vettori has taken 298 ODI wickets with his left-arm spin and should have the opportunity to join the elite 300 club when the Black Caps play Afghanistan in Napier on Sunday.
Eleven players, none of them New Zealanders, have reached the milestone, including all-time leader Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (534) and Wasim Akram of Pakistan (502), the only two men to have broken through the 500-wicket barrier.
Vettori, who has taken eight wickets so far at the World Cup, admitted he had given little thought to his one-day figures after a lengthy battle with back injury that threatened to end his career. AFP