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Home » Team Profiles » Sri Lanka » Chaminda Vass

Chaminda Vass

Full name Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas

Born January 27, 1974, Mattumagala

Current age 32 years 99 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, ACC Asian XI, Colts Cricket Club, Hampshire, Worcestershire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium

Chaminda Vaas is one of the most successful new-ball bowlers Sri Lanka have had, and he has served his country well. He also bowls carefully as an off cutter, and has recently added reverse-swing to his talents, a skill that has made him a reliable wicket-taker even on insipid sub continental pitches. He even out bowled New Zealand's seamers in green conditions at Napier to give Sri Lanka their first win in an overseas Test, in 1994-95. In 2001-02 he made a quantum leap, taking 26 wickets in the 3-0 rout of West Indies, becoming only the second fast bowler, after Imran Khan, to take 14 wickets in a match in the subcontinent. He then also took a hat trick with the first three balls of the match against Bangladesh in the 2003 World Cup. Vaas is Sri Lanka's second-most successful bowler - after Muttiah Muralitharan - in both forms of the game. In current years he has also gained recognition as a useful all rounder.

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