Sachin doesn't need rankings to prove his worth: Vaas

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Hailing Sachin Tendulkar as one of the greatest batsman in history, Lanka pace bowler Chaminda Vaas said the rankings should not be used to judge his worth

Updated: January 16, 2009 16:12 IST
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Hailing Sachin Tendulkar as one of the greatest batsman in cricket's history, Sri Lanka pace bowler Chaminda Vaas on Friday said the ICC rankings should not be used to judge his worth.

"The ranking does not really count for him. He is a great cricketer and has been scoring runs consistently for more than 15 years. He is a hero for this country. I hope he will contribute more for the country," said Vaas.

The left-arm speedster was commenting about the ICC rankings of all-time greats where Tendulkar didn't even figure in the top 20.

Vaas, who is here to play for Mohun Bagan in the local season, said felt Zaheer Khan has improved a lot following India's tour of England in 2007.

"Zaheer has improved a lot, especially after playing the series in England. He is bowling in good areas, getting good pace and swing. I think he has matured enough to contribute to the team. He is a brilliant bowler for India and has many years to serve the country," he told reporters today.

Vaas, who played his first match for Mohun Bagan and made a quickfire 23-ball 38 (5x4, 1x6) in their quarter-final win over Shambazar, said, "This is the first time I am playing a club match in India. It's a good feeling for me especially when I got some runs and bowled in the right areas. I am really glad that we won the match and I contributed with both bat and ball."

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