Vettori joins cricket's elite 300 wicket, 3,000 run club
By Sam Ackerman
Sri Lanka are well in control of the second test with New Zealand in Colombo.
But there was one memorable moment on an otherwise forgettable opening day, with Captain Dan Vettori joining on of the Cricket’s more exclusive fraternities – the 300 wicket, 3,000 run club.
Jacob Oram’s catch did not just remove Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara – it delivered Vettori his 300th wicket.
“Every test wicket is pretty important, once you get more and more, you remember the milestone in particular,” Vettori says.
“But I’ve had a lot of help along the way, and it was good that Jacob took the catch – a guy I’m good friends with and played a lot of cricket with.”
Vettori joins fellow Kiwi, Sir Richard Hadlee, into test cricket’s 300 wicket, 3,000 run club.
He is the eighth player in history to achieve the feat.
“The four great all-rounders of the 80s – everyone acknowledges what amazing players they are. So to be lumped in with them and the likes of Pollock and Warne and Vaas is something I will always cherish,” Vettori says of his fellow ‘club’ members.
But the highlights were few and far between for New Zealand on day one of the second test.
Iain O’Brien struck after lunch, and while Sangakkarra compiled an attractive half century – his dismissal left the Sri Lankans at 115 for three.
Then the home side dug their heels in.
Mahela Jayawardene was right at home – he has scored more runs in Columbo than any test cricketer has scored at any single venue.
Jayawardene, with Thilan Samaraweera played a patient hand – both bringing up half centuries to give Sri Lanka the ascendancy on day one.