Famous cricket player of Sri Lanka: Chaminda Vaas
Widely regarded as the best new ball bowler to have come out of Sri Lankan cricket team, Chaminda Vaas will always be remembered as one of the greatest servants to the game of cricket. Born in Mattumagala, Sri Lanka in 1974 the left-arm fast bowler made his ODI debut against India in 1994.
Vaas’s bowling style was simple and thus he was able to play for a long time without any major injury scares. During his illustrious career, Vaas played in a total of 322 ODIs where he bagged a total of 400 wickets which are to date the second highest by any Sri Lankan player. He got these wickets at a very good average of 27.53 with his best bowling figures, also the best ever by any bowler within the ODI format, came against Zimbabwe where he took 8/19. Chaminda Vaas was an equally committed batsman; though he did not score a lot big runs but he was never ready to give away his wicket easily and he even has a test century to his name.
His most notable World Cup was the 2003 edition held in South Africa, where he not only was the highest wicket taker with 23 wickets but also had a hat-trick against Bangladesh on the first three deliveries of the innings.
Although, initially selected in the 30 member squad for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, Vaas could not make the cut for the final 15 and hence it could be safely said that the curtains have drawn on his career. He is not only Sri Lankan’s second most successful bowler of all time but a great ambassador of the game who played the sport with dignity and rose whenever his country needed him.
With his 400 ODI wickets, Chaminda Vaas is still among the top few bowlers in the ODI wicket takers list. He is leading ODI wicket taker from Srilanka.