Bangalore: Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka became the first Sri Lankan and the 16th player in the history of Test cricket to complete 1,000 or more runs and also take 200 or more wickets.
He accomplished this feat when he took his 200th wicket on June 15, 2002 on the third day of the third and final Manchester Test against England. This was his 62nd Test. He also became only the second Sri Lankan to complete a tally of 200 wickets - the other being the spin wizard Muthiah Muralitharan. In effect he has become the first Sri Lankan FAST bowler to perform the feat of taking 200 wickets. It is also interesting to note that Vaas by taking Alex Tudor's wicket has completed exactly 100 wickets in an AWAY series, which augurs well as he has performed equally at home and abroad. Born on January 27, 1974 at Colombo, Vaas - as usual with the Sri Lankans has one of the longest names - his initials WPUJC stands for Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas, but is popularly known as Chaminda Vaas. He made his Test debut against Pakistan in the 3rd Test at Kandy in 1994-95. Vaas is a useful left-handed batsman in addition to being a left-arm fast bowler. Though he failed to score in his debut Test innings and made four in the 2nd innings, he has six 50 plus scores to his credit and had scored 1,410 runs at the end of Sri Lanka's first innings on June 16, 2002 - his highest Test score is 74 not out against Zimbabwe at Colombo in 2001-02. He completed 1,000 runs in his 47th Test - incidentally against England in the 2nd Test at Kandy in 2000-01. Vaas has also the distinction of taking a hat-trick in the Limited Overs International - when he achieved this feat against Zimbabwe at Colombo on December 8, 2001 during his world record best innings bowling of 8 for 19. The following are the elite players who have performed the rare feat of scoring over 1,000 runs and capturing 200 or more wickets in their test career arranged in chronological order of Tests played: