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Top 5 talented players who were overshadowed by more flamboyant teammates

Manish Pathak
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Often players who have swagger and presence on the cricket field hog the limelight and always make headlines for whatever they do both on and off the field. And then there are players who do not have quite the personality to come to the fore, and irrespective of their brilliance on the field, they somehow slip under the radar or remain in the shadows of the more flamboyant one.

However, after all the euphoria and frenzy subsides, these nonchalant players are by no means less effective and if the performances are compared they by no way were less effective when compared to their flashy counterparts.

Here in this list we take a look at 5 players who have been match-winners in their own right but were never accorded the recognition they deserved.

#1 Chaminda Vaas

Chaminda Vaas Muralitharan
Vaas and Murali: A magician and a worker

Arguably the finest left-arm seamer to have emerged from Sri Lanka, Chaminda Vaas had the ability to seam and swing the ball both ways. With 355 wickets in Test matches and 400 wickets in One Day Internationals, Vaas is easily the most successful Sri Lankan bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan.

However, Vaas was never allowed to revel in any sort of limelight, probably because he played alongside Murali, and the off-spinner who is the most successful bowler in Test cricket history, enjoyed far more fanfare right throughout his career.

The primary reason behind this could be the fact that Murali always was in the eye of some controversy or the other right through his career, and that he mastered wrist spin which is very difficult and mysterious art.

Vaas, on the other hand, was more conventional in his approach, and despite his effectiveness all over the world, was never given the credit he deserved.  

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