Vaas is already having a positive effect on many of the youngsters in the team
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and coach Graham Ford have both announced that they are amazed at the early impact bowling coach Chaminda Vaas has had on the national team’s pace bowling attack.
Both Ford and Mathews are hoping that Vaas, who is Sri Lanka’s all-time leading pace bowler in terms of wickets taken, will transform the pace attack into a strong unit.
Sri Lanka’s pace attack has been their weakest link by far over the past couple of years, as they have not found a bowler capable of being the spearhead since Vaas retired in 2009.
Chanaka Welegedara is the closest person Sri Lanka have to an attacking pace bowler, but after suffering numerous injuries in the last few months, the selectors have had to rely on Nuwan Kulasekara to take over that role, just like he has in the limited overs format.
Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep have all also emerged as potential leaders in the future.
Vaas has only been Sri Lanka’s bowling coach for just over a month, but Ford already notices a difference in the pace attack.
“He’s done some fantastically good work, with some of those who are in the squad and some of those who are on the fringes,” Ford said. “Sri Lanka Cricket have done a fantastic thing in appointing him. To have his expertise, along with Champaka Ramanayake, in the coaching unit that we have for fast bowling is fantastic.”
As of right now, Sri Lanka have numerous bowlers who can touch the 145 kph mark, but the problem is they have no consistency.
During his international career, Vaas used to hover around the 130 kph mark, but had so much control when he bowled, which helped him become Sri Lanka’s most successful pace bowler.
“Chaminda’s such an experienced cricketer,” Ford said. “He’s got so much knowledge about fast bowling, swing bowling and seam bowling, and about the conditions – there’s just so much for him to pass on. It’s really up to the bowlers to absorb all that wonderful information that he has.”