Full name Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas Born January 27, 1974, Mattumagala Major teams Sri Lanka, ACC Asian XI, Colts Cricket Club, Hampshire, Worcestershire Batting style Left-hand bat Bowling Style Left-arm fast-medium
Perhaps the best fast bowler Sri Lanka has produced over the ages, Chaminda Vaas is one of the finest pace bowlers in world cricket today. After making his debut in 1994 for Sri Lanka, Chaminda Vaas went ahead and became Sri Lanka’s most successful bowler ever. He has taken 300 Test wickets and also 300 ODI wickets. He has the rare honor of having taken two hat tricks, one against Bangladesh and one against Zimbabwe. The hat trick against Bangladesh was even more spectacular as it came in the first three balls of the match. Chaminda Vaas is also credited for having the best figures in ODIs—8 for 19, a record he set in the game against Zimbabwe where he got the hat trick too.
Chaminda Vaas is also a very handy batsman who has played many a good innings batting down the order. He has sometimes even batted higher in the order, though mostly as a pinch hitter. He has genuine batting talent and this can be said as he has made over 2000 runs in ODIs and score 10 half centuries too. He is gaining popularity as an all rounder nowadays. He got his due recognition in 2005 when he was chosen to be part of the World Test and One-Day XI at the inaugural ICC Awards.
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