Where others have failed, Vaas has succeeded
Chaminda Vaas' canny bowling has been a feature of the Deccan Chargers' campaign. The left-hander has brought his experience into play and kept it pretty simple, says Sunil Gavaskar.india Updated: Mar 21, 2010 00:26 IST
Chaminda Vaas' canny bowling has been a feature of the Deccan Chargers' campaign. The left-hander has brought his experience into play and kept it pretty simple.
Limited-overs cricket is not really a bowlers' game for, unlike batsmen, they have a ceiling on the number of overs they can bowl and in the case of the quicker ones, there is a restriction on the number of bouncers.
There are no such restrictions on batsmen. They can bat the full length of the innings, be it a 50-over game or T20 match. The bowlers are also handicapped by the umpires' strictness in calling deliveries, which they get away with in Test cricket, as wides in limited-overs cricket. So, with all this at the back of the mind, the pressure is enormous.
It is here that Vaas has scored over the others. Far from being afraid of being slogged for a six and bowling short, he has pitched it up and got the ball to swing.
Bowlers are constantly trying to outthink the batsman and some of them try too many varieties over which they have little control, thus making life even more difficult for them.
Vaas differs here because even when he bowls a slower delivery it is partially slower than his normal speed.
What he does is make the ball land on the leather part and not on the seam. The ball comes a bit slower and if it grips, it deviates more than the batsman expects and he ends up mistiming it.
His dismissal of Kumar Sangakkara against the Kings XI was with one such delivery. The Sri Lanka skipper had played an immaculate drive off the previous seam-up delivery, which was bowled at 130 kmph.
The next one was at 126 kmph but with a scrambled seam and the ball came slowly and turned a bit and Sangakkara's attempt to drive ended in an inside edge onto the stumps.
If Vaas can do something similar to Virender Sehwag and fellow Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan in their clash on Monday, he will give the defending champions just the lift they need against the Daredevils.
The Daredevils have lost two matches on the trot and need a win to get their campaign back on track. With Vaas, Adam Gilchrist and Andrew Symonds on fire for the Chargers, it is not going to be easy.