3. Chaminda Vaas
Apart from having one of the longest names in cricket (his full name is Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas), Chaminda Vaas, is perhaps one of the most under rated bowlers in the world. In the history of fast bowlers, Vaas is not the archetypical fast bowler. He wasn’t one of the extremely tall bowlers who use to tower on everyone. Yet, if one looks at his record, it is exceptional. He has over 355 wickets, at an average of just under 30 and an even 400 wickets with an average of 27.53. What makes his record even more awe inspiring, is the fact that he played most of his cricket at the bland, batting friendly pitches of the subcontinent, that virtually offer no support to fast bowlers. Vaas use to open the bowling for Sri Lanka. With the new bowl, he had an exceptionally wonderful inswinger that he use to bowl with great control and accuracy. His accurate yorkers, variations in pace and his off cutters made him a handy bowler in the death overs of the innings. Later in his career, he also added reverse swing to his repertoire. Perhaps, his most memorable spell would be his 8/19 against Zimbabwe where he destroyed Zimbabwe who are all out for just 38 runs.
Here is another great example of how deadly Vaas was with the new ball –