Chaminda Vaas

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: January 27, 1974, Mattumagala
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Chaminda Vaas Bio

Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas, known widely as Chaminda Vaas, is a retired Sri Lankan cricketer who is considered one of the most successful and impactful new-ball bowlers in the history of Sri Lankan cricket. Born on January 27, 1974, in Matara, Sri Lanka, Vaas has left an indelible mark on the sport both at the domestic and international levels.

Vaas made his international debut for Sri Lanka in 1994 and quickly asserted his dominance as a swing and seam bowler. His ability to swing the ball both ways, especially with his late indipper, posed a significant challenge to batsmen around the world. He was also renowned for his deceptive offcutter and developed the skill of reverse-swing, which made him a consistent wicket-taker even on seemingly lifeless subcontinental pitches.

One of Vaas’s most memorable performances came in 1994-95 during a Test match against New Zealand in Napier. In green conditions, he outperformed the New Zealand seamers and played a pivotal role in securing Sri Lanka’s first ever overseas Test victory. This performance showcased his potential and set the tone for his future success.

In 2001-02, Vaas had a quantum leap in his career. He played a vital role in Sri Lanka’s 3-0 series sweep against West Indies, taking a remarkable 26 wickets. This made him only the second fast bowler, after Imran Khan, to take 14 wickets in a match in the subcontinent. His outstanding form continued as he achieved the first-ever ODI eight-for against Zimbabwe, including a hat-trick. Notably, Vaas also accomplished a hat-trick with the first three balls of the match against Bangladesh in the 2003 World Cup.

Vaas’s talent and contributions to Sri Lankan cricket earned him widespread recognition. In 2004, he was selected for the World XI at the inaugural ICC Awards, representing his overdue acknowledgment as an exceptional player. His statistics reflect his immense impact as a player, placing him as Sri Lanka’s second-most successful bowler, after Muttiah Muralitharan, in both Test matches and ODIs.

While Vaas primarily made his mark as a bowler, he also had a sincere and dedicated approach to his batting. He displayed his batting prowess by achieving his maiden century after 97 Tests, against Bangladesh. Subsequently, he became only the third Sri Lankan player to reach 100 Tests and played a crucial role as an allrounder for the national team.

In August 2008, Vaas achieved another remarkable milestone by securing his 400th ODI wicket. He became the fourth bowler to accomplish this feat when he had Yuvraj Singh caught for a duck in Colombo. Despite retiring from Test cricket in July 2009, Vaas continued to play ODI matches and Twenty20s until the 2011 World Cup.

Chaminda Vaas’s contribution to Sri Lankan cricket extended beyond his on-field performances. His dedication and skill exemplified the talent present in Sri Lanka’s cricketing landscape. Though his career has come to its end, Vaas continues to be revered as a legendary figure in Sri Lankan cricket and a source of inspiration for aspiring bowlers. His achievements and records have cemented his place in cricketing history, making him an icon of the sport in Sri Lanka and beyond.

Chaminda Vaas Career Stats

Chaminda Vaas Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 111 162 35 3089 100* 24.32 7033 43.92 1 13 376 16 31 0
T20Is 6 2 1 33 21 33 41 80.48 0 0 1 0 0 0
ODIs 322 220 72 2025 50* 13.68 2796 72.42 0 1 127 22 60 0
FC 227 300 59 6223 134 25.82 - - 4 29 - - 57 0
List A 412 284 90 3220 76* 16.59 - - 0 8 - - 83 0
T20s 56 46 9 672 73 18.16 608 110.52 0 4 60 15 8 0

Chaminda Vaas Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 111 194 23438 10501 355 7/71 14/191 29.58 2.68 66 20 12 2
T20Is 6 6 132 128 6 2/14 2/14 21.33 5.81 22 0 0 0
ODIs 322 320 15775 11014 400 8/19 8/19 27.53 4.18 39.4 9 4 0
FC 227 - 41266 19027 772 7/28 - 24.64 2.76 53.4 - 34 4
List A 412 - 19411 13476 506 8/19 8/19 26.63 4.16 38.3 12 4 0
T20s 56 54 1131 1278 64 3/16 3/16 19.96 6.77 17.6 0 0 0

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