List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Chaminda Vaas

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Vaas has captured the second-highest number of five-wicket hauls for Sri Lanka.

In cricket, a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings is known as a five-wicket haul or fifer,[1] and is regarded as a notable achievement.[2] Fewer than 40 bowlers have managed to take 15 or more in their international cricketing careers.[3] Chaminda Vaas, a former Sri Lankan cricketer and current fast bowling coach of the Sri Lankan team, has a total of 16 five-wicket hauls to his name, with twelve in Tests and four in One Day Internationals (ODIs). As a left-arm fast-medium bowler, he was accurate and particularly skilled in bowling both swing and reverse swing.[4][5] Vaas often played a supporting role to Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka's off spinner and leading wicket taker.[note 1] In the period from 1995 to their retirement from international cricket, the two bowlers accumulated 1,155 Test wickets and paved the way for many of Sri Lanka's victories.[10][11]

Having made his Test debut in August 1994 against Pakistan,[12] Vaas took his first five-wicket haul seven months later in March 1995 against New Zealand. He repeated the feat in New Zealand's second innings, taking a total of 10 wickets and led Sri Lanka to their first ever overseas Test win.[13] His career-best bowling is the seven wickets he took against the West Indies for 71 runs in November 2001. He had taken another seven wickets in the first innings of the same match, bringing the total to 14 and making it the highest number of wickets he has taken in a single match.[14] It is also the second-best bowling performance by a Sri Lankan bowler after Muralitharan's 16 wickets for 220 runs in 1998.[15][16] Vaas is ranked third among Sri Lankan bowlers by the number of Test five-wicket hauls, behind spinners Muralitharan and Rangana Herath.[note 2][17]

Vaas made his ODI debut in February 1994 against India,[12] but was unable to get a five-wicket haul for several years. His first was in October 2000 against the same team, when he took five wickets for 14 runs as he and Muralitharan led the Sri Lankans to the biggest ODI victory at the time.[18] In December 2001, Vaas recorded the best bowling figures in ODI history, taking eight wickets for 19 runs against Zimbabwe. This is also the only occasion where a bowler managed to take eight wickets in an ODI innings.[19] In addition, the six wickets he took for 25 runs against Bangladesh during the 2003 Cricket World Cup are the best figures recorded by a Sri Lankan bowler in a World Cup match.[note 2][20]

Vaas played his last ODI in August 2008 and his last Test match in July 2009. He also played six Twenty20 International matches but did not manage to get a five-wicket haul in the format.[12] His total of 16 five-wicket hauls is the second highest for a Sri Lankan bowler, after Muralitharan's 77.[21] During his international career, Vaas took 355 Test wickets and 400 ODI wickets,[note 3] making him the most successful fast bowler in Sri Lankan cricket history.[23]

Key

Key
Symbol Meaning
Date Date the match was held, or starting date of the match for Test matches
Inn Innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled in that innings
Runs Runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Bowling economy rate (average runs per over)
Batsmen Batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul
Result Result for Sri Lanka in that match, or Drawn if both sides failed to win or reach a tie before the scheduled end of play
dagger Vaas selected as "Man of the match"
double-dagger 10 wickets or more taken by Vaas in the match
* One of two five-wicket hauls by Vaas in the match

Tests

Five-wicket hauls in Test cricket
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 11 March 1995daggerdouble-dagger* McLean Park, Napier  New Zealand 2 18.5 47 5 2.49 Won[24]
2 11 March 1995daggerdouble-dagger* McLean Park, Napier  New Zealand 4 26.4 43 5 1.61 Won[24]
3 18 March 1995dagger Carisbrook, Dunedin  New Zealand 2 40.0 87 6 2.17 Drawn[25]
4 8 September 1995 Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar  Pakistan 1 29.0 99 5 3.41 Lost[26]
5 15 March 2001 Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo  England 2 27.5 73 6 2.62 Lost[27]
6 29 November 2001daggerdouble-dagger*[note 4] Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo  West Indies 1 32.2 120 7 3.71 Won[28]
7 29 November 2001daggerdouble-dagger*[note 4] Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo  West Indies 3 25.0 71 7 2.84 Won[28]
8 1 July 2004 Marrara Oval, Darwin  Australia 1 18.3 31 5 1.67 Lost[29]
9 11 August 2004 Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo  South Africa 4 18.0 29 6 1.61 Won[30]
10 11 April 2005 Basin Reserve, Wellington  New Zealand 2 40.0 108 6 2.70 Lost[31]
11 22 July 2005 Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy  West Indies 2 15.0 22 6 1.46 Won[32]
12 22 March 2008dagger Providence Stadium, Guyana  West Indies 4 22.2 61 5 2.73 Won[33]

One Day Internationals

Five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 29 October 2000 Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah  India 2 9.3 14 5 1.47 Won[34]
2 8 December 2001dagger Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo  Zimbabwe 1 8.0 19 8 2.37 Won[35]
3 14 February 2003dagger City Oval, Pietermaritzburg  Bangladesh 1 9.1 25 6 2.72 Won[36]
4 6 January 2006 Westpac Stadium, Wellington  New Zealand 1 10.0 39 5 3.90 Lost[37]

Notes

  1. ^ According to former Sri Lankan cricketer Aravinda de Silva, "... Vaas has helped Murali take many, many wickets thanks to his ability to keep a batsman tied down and guessing", similar to the way Glenn McGrath complemented the bowling of Shane Warne.[6] However, on occasion he has been described as a bowler who did not get the recognition he deserved despite his achievements, due to being overshadowed by Muralitharan.[7][8][9]
  2. ^ a b All world and Sri Lankan records are as of March 2013.
  3. ^ He is ranked fourth by the number of ODI wickets, with only three other bowlers (Muralitharan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis) having taken 400 or more as of March 2013.[22]
  4. ^ a b Vaas was selected joint man of the match with Brian Lara in this match.

References

General
  • "Chaminda Vaas – Five wicket hauls in Test matches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  • "Chaminda Vaas – Five wicket hauls in ODI matches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
Specific
  1. ^ "Swinging it for the Auld Enemy – An interview with Ryan Sidebottom". The Scotsman. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Pervez, M. A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Orient Blackswan. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9. 
  3. ^ "Combined Test, ODI and T20I records – Five-wicket-hauls". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Hopps, David (16 May 2002). "Vaas is the high priest of swing". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Wijesinghe, Rohan (8 November 2009). "Chaminda Vaas – Sultan of Swing". Sunday Observer. Colombo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  6. ^ de Silva, Aravinda (23 December 2007). "Vaas steps out of the shadows". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Clementine, Rex (2 May 2004). "Celebrations for Sanath and Vaas in Bulawayo". The Island. Colombo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Pathirana, Saroj (7 May 2007). "Vaas committed to 2011 World Cup". BBC Sinhala Service. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Richards, Huw (13 April 2007). "Cricket: A bowler's rare limelight moment". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Thawfeeq, Sa'adi (13 November 2011). "Sri Lanka going through post-Murali era". The Nation. Colombo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Thawfeeq, Sa'adi. "Whatmore believes the best of Chaminda Vaas is still to come". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "Player profile – Chaminda Vaas". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Ladduwahetty, Ravi (2 April 2005). "Vaas – Lanka's unsung hero?". The Daily Mirror. Colombo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Allen, Matthew (2 January 2002). "Sri Lanka the dark horses". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  15. ^ Epasinghe, Premasara (16 February 2013). "Chaminda Vaas – Sri Lanka's new fast bowling coach". Daily News. Colombo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "Sri Lanka Test match records – Best bowling figures in a match". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Sri Lanka Test match records – Most five-wickets-in-an-innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "India v Sri Lanka ODI Final 2000–01". Wisden Almanack. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "One Day International Bowlng Records – Best figures in an innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "World Cup Records – Best bowling figures in an innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "Combined Test, ODI and T20I records – Five-wicket-hauls for Sri Lanka". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "One Day Internationals bowling records – Most wickets in career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "Chaminda Vaas named Sri Lanka’s fast bowling coach". Wisden India. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  24. ^ a b "Sri Lanka in New Zealand Test Series (1994/95) – 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  25. ^ "Sri Lanka in New Zealand Test Series (1994/95) – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  26. ^ "Sri Lanka in Pakistan Test Series (1995/96) – 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  27. ^ "England in Sri Lanka Test Series (2000/01) – 3rd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "West Indies in Sri Lanka Test Series (2001/02) – 3rd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  29. ^ "Sri Lanka in Australia Test Series (2004) – 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  30. ^ "South Africa in Sri Lanka Test Series (2004) – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  31. ^ "Sri Lanka in New Zealand Test Series (2004/05) – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  32. ^ "West Indies in Sri Lanka Test Series (2005) – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  33. ^ "Sri Lanka in West Indies Test Series (2007/08) – 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  34. ^ "Coca Cola Champions Trophy Final (2000/01)". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  35. ^ "LG Abans Triangular Series – 1st match (2001/02)". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  36. ^ "ICC World Cup – 10th match, Pool B (2002/03)". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  37. ^ "Sri Lanka in New Zealand ODI Series – 3rd ODI (2005/06)". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 

External links

  • Player profile of Vaas at CricketArchive
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