2019 ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP
For a player who had been struggling to cement a permanent place in either form of the game and who had been not in ODI action for over an year having played his last ODI on October 23, 2017, Jeffrey Vandersay to be in Sri Lanka’s 15-member squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is indeed a dream come true. And by all accounts it has opened the door for the 29-year old leg break bowler to deliver with the ball in cricket’s showpiece event and find permanency at a time the national selectors have placed faith in him as a specialist bowler. While old stager, the 36-year old Jeevan Mendis is the only other specialist in the field, comparatively between the two age is in favour of Vandersay who has time and again produced some impressive performances in trial games, but a broken finger dogged his career putting the Moors S.C. product out of action for sometime.
That he did impress in the final mega domestic Super Provincial Limited Overs Tournament to booking a place in the world cup squad by some impressive performances with the ball is an indication that Vandersay is the inform bowler in his genre of the specialists.
Born on February 5, 1990, Jeffrey Dexter Francis Vandersay, hailing from Wattala, who cut his teeth in the game at Wesley College, Colombo, it is certainly the dream opportunity for the leggie to rise to the occasion. With several warm up matches on the cards including two ODIs against Scotland on May 18 at Grange Edinburgh, and on May 22 at the same venue.
He has figured in 11 ODIs with a tally of 10 wickets with a best haul of 3 for 50 averaging 43.00 while he has 6 T20 wickets from 10 matches. He has an impressive first class record having claimed 199 wickets from 44 matches with a best innings haul of 7 for 77 and match bag of 10 for 155 averaging 25.57 including 15 five wicket hauls.
By Srian Obeyesekere
-The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sri Lanka Cricket-