Crowe's moving tribute to Vettori
Ailing cricket legend Martin Crowe gave a heart-wrenching speech at last night's NZ cricket awards that left retiring Black Caps spinner Daniel Vettori, and the crowd, teary-eyed.
"Before you send me on my way, I just want to say that on March the 29th at the MCG it was an incredible day, I was very exhausted but I stood on the edge of the boundary and saw Australia lift the Cup," Crowe said.
"And then I noticed the boys starting to walk in my direction - I didn't realise that the dressing room was right where I was.
"And I saw Dan Vettori ...and I just burst open with all the emotion that I had. He gave me a huge hug and I just said, what a career, what an inspiration.
"And I've got your seat warm Dan, in the Hall, right next to me buddy. You're going to have to shave though I'm afraid. They only allow moustaches, eh Paddles. And only the doctor, W. G Grace, is allowed the full nasty.”