Chaminda Vaas is back from the dead. Only months back, there had been a clamour for his retirement from all forms of cricket; even in Sri Lanka where this lion-heart is a role model and an icon.
Vaas’ pace had dropped alarmingly and this meant his slower ball was not really a variation. His swing was being picked up by the batsmen and his confidence seemed to be in his boots.
And he was 36, not quite the ideal age for a paceman. After scalping 355 batsmen at 29.58, Vaas drifted away from the Test scene. Should he not walk away from the one-day and Twenty20 cricket too, some asked.
They forgot that old soldiers die hard.
Vaas has been rocking for Deccan Chargers in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Crucially, he has worked on his fitness and got rid of niggles. His pace has picked up and his alterations in speed, length and angles are probing the batsmen again.