‘I proved that I can play T20 cricket’ – Chaminda Vaas

Match 40 of the Indian Premier League was an important encounter for Hyderabad’s Deccan Chargers. But it meant a whole lot more to a man who was playing his first big game in months.

Sri Lankan left armer Chaminda Vaas, now 35 years of age, has been sidelined from the Sri Lankan XI of late. The Sri Lankan selectors opted for younger bowlers and an inconsistent Dilhara Fernando over the canny left armer. Vaas played his last ODI for Sri Lanka on Aug 27, 2008, and that’s what made this a crucial game for the veteran.

Vaas picked up 2-19 with an economy rate of 4.75 sending a strong message to all concerned in Sri Lanka’s selection committee. It is no secret that Vaas wants a place in the 2011 World Cup in which he hopes to bid the game a final farewell. This current performance will auger well towards his efforts in finding his way back into the Sri Lankan squad.

"This wicket is like an Asian wicket so I did what I know." quipped Vaas when asked about his performance. "I Stuck to my basics. I proved I can play this T20 Cricket," he added.

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