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Vettori chasing Kapil Dev's record of 400 wickets, 4000 runs

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Hamilton, Mar 28(ANI): New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has said that he aims to play Test cricket for another four years to reach 400 wickets and 4000 runs and join former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev, the only player to have achieved that feat.

"I've always thought I'd play until I was about 35 and Test cricket is the part of the game that I want to persevere with. So, if I was ever to give away one facet it would probably be the limited overs," Stuff.co.nz quoted Vettori, as saying.

Vettori celebrated his 100 Test match by spearheading the Black Caps attack against Australia in the second Test match at Hamilton's Seddon Park.

The 31-year-old returned with impressive bowling figures of 4-36 and ran out Australian skipper Ricky Ponting.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said that Vettori's Test goals were "a great endorsement of his character."

"Daniel is statistically aware and knows Test cricket is where you make your name as a player," Vaughan said.

He further said that Vettori is a role model for any youngster in the country, but they don't want him quitting one-day cricket any time soon.

"Vettori is a role model for us through his work ethic, character and the way he is constantly trying to improve himself as well his leadership," Vaughan added. (ANI)

Story first published: Sunday, March 28, 2010, 16:14 [IST]
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