July 5, 2009

Sri Lankan cricket

Is the warrior ready for curtains?

Jamie Alter

Ignored for the Test series against Pakistan, Chaminda Vaas has now found himself having to defend comments from Ashantha de Mel, Sri Lanka's chief selector, that he has decided to quit the five-day game. Writing in the Sunday Times, SR Pathiravithana recalls the first time he saw Vaas and admires how that raw teenager morphed into Sri Lankan cricket's unsung hero.

At times I wonder without Vaas maturing along the line and forming that compatible duet would Muralitharan have been able to climb the heights that he has conquered today? It’s a known fact that for a bowler to succeed there should be another to block the flood gates at the other end.

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Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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