Old man Daniel Vettori still has a spring in his step
"Dad, you don't jump that high on the trampoline."
Daniel Vettori's six-year-old son James was among those with their mouth open when the 36-year-old pulled off the catch of the Cricket World Cup at Westpac Stadium.
Situated on the third man boundary, Vettori leapt high and behind himself to catch a slash off the blade of West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels.
The ball appeared to have six written all over it and Vettori's jump had the look of a token effort, but the ball stuck in his left hand and the crowd reaction threatened to lift the roof off the stadium.
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Grant Elliott, who joined Vettori in the 36-year-old camp on the day of the quarterfinal, said the catch was the source of much banter out in the middle and later in the dressing room.
"He [Vettori] said his son said something like: 'he doesn't jump that high on the trampoline'," Elliott said.
"There were a lot of photos going around, a couple of NBA photos and someone wanted me to have a jumping contest with him.
"He thought he was just a small way off the ground, but what a catch; what a moment.
"The West Indies were going pretty well and for him to snatch that out was probably testament to all his fitness over the years."
The last comment might be part in jest because Vettori had begun to look like an old man in the field until the last six months when he has been able to shake off his injuries and pound the pavement for some fitness.
Trent Boult was the lucky recipient, as the catch gave him one of four victims (4-44) in his unchanged 10 over spell.
"I couldn't believe it actually," Boult said.
"For him to leap up and stick out his paw. I enjoyed the celebration afterwards with his little strut. The best sight was seeing everyone sprint towards him and grab him, that was cool.
"It was a pretty massive part of the game to get Marlon out."
Samuels had scored 27 off 14 balls and together with Chris Gayle they had added 53 in just 21 balls.
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson was able to report on Sunday morning that Vettori had pulled up well from his Harlem Globetrotters-like leap.
"I didn't think 36-year-old's jumped that high," Hesson said.
"It was pretty impressive. From our view I thought it was going over and it was a token jump, but obviously it was a bit more than that."
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- The Dominion Post