Full name Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas
Born January 27, 1974, Mattumagala
Current age 41 years 185 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Basnahira North, Colts Cricket Club, Deccan Chargers, Hampshire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
Education St. Joseph's College Maradana
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Kandy, Aug 26-28, 1994 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC), Jul 20-24, 2009 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v Sri Lanka at Rajkot, Feb 15, 1994 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS), Aug 27, 2008 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Dec 22, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Australia v Sri Lanka at Cape Town, Sep 20, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Northamptonshire v Glamorgan at Northampton, Jul 14-17, 2012 scorecard|
|List A debut||1992/93|
|Last List A||Kent v Northamptonshire at Tunbridge Wells, Jun 10, 2012 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Colts Cricket Club v Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club at Colombo (NCC), Oct 8, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Northamptonshire v Warwickshire at Northampton, Jun 29, 2012 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/48||Northants||v Glamorgan||Northampton||14 Jul 2012||FC|
|2/30||Northants||v Warwickshire||Northampton||29 Jun 2012||T20|
|9, 0/9||Northants||v Somerset||Northampton||26 Jun 2012||T20|
|2/15, 9||Northants||v Worcs||Northampton||23 Jun 2012||T20|
|1/27, 11*||Northants||v Gloucs||Bristol||22 Jun 2012||T20|
|2/24||Northants||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||19 Jun 2012||T20|
|0/26||Northants||v Somerset||Taunton||17 Jun 2012||T20|
|-||Northants||v Glamorgan||Northampton||14 Jun 2012||T20|
|1/17||Nthants 2nd||v Leics 2nd XI||Northampton||13 Jun 2012||Other T20|
|0/6||Northants||v Kent||Tunbridge Wells||10 Jun 2012||LA|
Chaminda Vaas is easily the most penetrative and successful new-ball bowler Sri Lanka have had, and he has served his country well. He swings and seams the ball with skill, his trademark delivery being the late indipper. However, he also bowls a carefully disguised offcutter, and has recently added reverse-swing to his armoury, a skill that has made him a consistent wicket-taker even on bland subcontinental pitches. He outbowled 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 went on to take the first-ever ODI eight-for, against Zimbabwe, which included a hat-trick. He also claimed a hat-trick with the first three balls of the match against Bangladesh in the 2003 World Cup. Vaas reached the 300-wicket milestone in Tests against India in 2005-06, having passed the mark in ODIs on the tour to Zimbabwe. In 2004 he also gained overdue recognition for his talent when he was selected for the World XI at the inaugural ICC Awards. Vaas is easily Sri Lanka's second-most successful bowler - after Muttiah Muralitharan - in both forms of the game. His approach to his batting is equally sincere and in recent years he has gradually gained recognition as a useful allrounder. He waited 97 Tests for his maiden century, against Bangladesh, and soon after, became the third Sri Lankan to play 100 Tests or more.
In August 2008, Vaas crossed yet another milestone when he had Yuvraj Singh caught for a duck in Colombo to get his 400th ODI wicket and become the fourth bowler to reach the landmark.
In July 2009, Vaas announced his retirement from Tests but said he will continue to play one-dayers and Twenty20s till the 2011 World Cup.
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