Rangana Herath

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Rangana Herath
රංගන හේරත්
Personal information
Full name Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath
Born (1978-03-19) 19 March 1978 (age 37)
Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
Nickname Kota, Ragaya
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Slow left arm orthodox
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 78) 22 September 1999 v Australia
Last Test 17-21 June 2015 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 120) 25 April 2004 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 1 March 2015 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
2010 Hampshire
2009 Surrey
1998/99–present Moors Sports Club
1996/97–1997/98 Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC List A
Matches 59 71 229 190
Runs scored 873 140 4,007 1,043
Batting average 13.22 9.33 15.96 16.55
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 0/12 0/1
Top score 80* 17* 80* 88*
Balls bowled 17,026 3,242 49,477 8,256
Wickets 262 74 886 226
Bowling average 29.94 31.91 25.21 25.36
5 wickets in innings 21 0 56 0
10 wickets in match 4 0 9 0
Best bowling 9/127 4/20 9/127 4/19
Catches/stumpings 15/– 14/– 97/– 44/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 21 June 2015

Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath, commonly known as Rangana Herath (Sinhalese: රංගන හේරත්; born 19 March 1978), is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer. He is a specialist left-arm bowler, widely known as best spinner ever played for Sri Lanka after the retirement of legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. He has the record of best bowling figures in Tests by a left-arm spinner.

Herath made his Test debut at Galle International Stadium, Sri Lanka against Australia in 1999. His One Day International debut came five years later in 2004, against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club. Herath is currently ranked as the number three Test match bowler in the world.[1]

Although Herath made his Test debut back in 1999, he never came to the prominence as a leading spinner until the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan. Herath made a successful comeback to Test cricket in 2009 against Pakistan and took over the mantle of Sri Lanka's main spin bowler from Muralitharan. Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene rated Herath as Sri Lanka's number one bowler after the retirement of Muralitharan.[2]

Early years and first-class cricket[edit]

Herath started his cricket career at his first school Mayurapada Central College, Narammala.[3] Later he moved to Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala. Having made his first class debut for Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club in 1996–97 cricket season, Rangana Herath currently represents Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club in Sri Lankan first class cricket. He represented Moors Sports Club from 1998/99 to 2009/10 in local first class cricket and also played for Surrey during the latter part of the 2009 English cricket season. In April 2010, Herath joined Hampshire, where he played in the first half of the 2010 County Championship.[4]

Test cricket[edit]

Australia (1999)[edit]

Rangana Herath ascended to prominence against Australia in 1999 with a "mystery" ball. He broke into the national side after an impressive A tour to England. Herath while playing in two test matches in the series, deceived the visiting Australians with a delivery that darted the other way. He took six test wickets against the Australians.

Pakistan, New Zealand (2009)[edit]

Rangana Herath made a comeback to the Test side, taking 15 wickets in the 3 match Test series vs. Pakistan played in Sri Lanka, also winning the man-of-the-match award in the first Test. [5]

Herath then took 8 wickets in the second Test in the two match Test-series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Sri Lanka. This led Sri Lanka to a win, and a series victory.[6]

India, West Indies (2010)[edit]

Herath played only in the test at Galle during the home series against India. Though Sri Lanka won, he only managed to take the wicket of Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh in that match. Herath was recalled for the second test match against the West Indies in November 2010. In that match played at the newly renovated R. Premadasa Stadium, he took three wickets in the first innings.

Sri Lanka Tour in South Africa (2011)[edit]

In the second Test of Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa in December 2011, Herath took nine wickets and won the Man of the Match award. Sri Lanka won the match by 208 runs; it was their first Test win in South Africa.[7]

England Tour in Sri Lanka (2012)[edit]

Herath took 12 Wickets during the first test match of the 2012 England Vs. Sri Lanka Test Series. His match winning performance helped him to secure the "Man of the Match" award in Galle. Rangana Herath was England's latest spin tormentor with 6 for 74 during the first inning and he took another 6 wickets for just 97 runs and confirmed the Sri Lanka's victory against the touring English team.[8]

Pakistan Tour in Sri Lanka (2014)[edit]

In the first innings of the second Test, Herath took nine wickets for 127 runs, the best figures for a left-arm bowler in Test cricket.[9] He was man of the match in both Test matches and also man of the series.

Top 10 Test Bowlers[edit]

ICC Top 10 Test Bowlers
Rank Change Name Rating
1 Steady South Africa Dale Steyn 903
2 Steady England James Anderson 823
3 Steady New Zealand Trent Boult 814
4 Steady Pakistan Yasir Shah 810
5= Steady England Stuart Broad 791
5= Increase Australia Mitchell Johnson 791
7 Decrease South Africa Vernon Philander 783
8 Steady Sri Lanka Rangana Herath 752
9 Increase New Zealand Tim Southee 713
10 Decrease South Africa Morne Morkel 709
Reference: ICC Rankings, 29 July 2015

Records and achievements[edit]

  • Highest wicket-taker in Tests in 2012[10]
  • Best T20 Bowling 5/3 (5 wickets for 3 runs) against New Zealand.
  • Best test bowling by a left-hand bowler (9 for 127) against Pakistan.
  • CEAT International Bowler of the Year 2015.


Test 10 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 12/171 36  England Galle International Stadium Galle Sri Lanka 2012
2 11/108 41  New Zealand Galle International Stadium Galle Sri Lanka 2012
3 12/157 47  Bangladesh R.Premadasa Colombo Sri Lanka 2013
4 14/184 57  Pakistan SSC Ground Colombo Sri Lanka 2014

Test 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/99 16  Pakistan P Sara Oval Colombo Sri Lanka 2009
2 5/157 17  Pakistan SSC Ground Colombo Sri Lanka 2009
3 5/139 18  New Zealand SSC Ground Colombo Sri Lanka 2009
4 5/121 20  India Green Park Kanpur India 2009
5 5/79 28  Australia Galle International Stadium Galle Sri Lanka 2011
6 7/157 29  Australia SSC Ground Colombo Sri Lanka 2011
7 5/79 34  South Africa Kingsmead Durban South Africa 2011
8 6/74 36  England Galle International Stadium Galle Sri Lanka 2012
9 6/97 36  England Galle International Stadium Galle Sri Lanka 2012
10 6/133 37  England P Sara Oval Colombo Sri Lanka 2012
11 5/65 41  New Zealand Galle International Stadium Galle Sri Lanka 2012
12 6/43 41  New Zealand Galle International Stadium Galle Sri Lanka 2012
13 6/103 42  New Zealand P Sara Oval Colombo Sri Lanka 2012
14 5/95 43  Australia Bellerive Oval Hobart Australia 2012
15 5/68 47  Bangladesh R.Premadasa Colombo Sri Lanka 2013
16 7/89 47  Bangladesh R.Premadasa Colombo Sri Lanka 2013
17 5/125 50  Pakistan Sharjah Cricket Stadium Sharjah U.A.E 2014
18 5/40 55  South Africa SSC Ground Colombo Sri Lanka 2014
19 6/48 56  Pakistan Galle International Stadium Galle Sri Lanka 2014
20 9/127 57  Pakistan SSC Ground Colombo Sri Lanka 2014
21 5/57 57  Pakistan SSC Ground Colombo Sri Lanka 2014

T20I 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/3 7  New Zealand ZAC Stadium Chittagong Bangladesh 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Player Rankings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Thawfeeq , Sa'adi (March 27, 2012). "Herath now our No. 1 - Jayawardene". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Mohomed, Ameen. "‘I have a lot of gratitude towards Murali’ – Rangana Herath". The Papare.Com. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Hampshire sign Rangana Herath
  5. ^ "Pak vs SL Test Series, 2009, Most wickets". Cricinfo. 
  6. ^ "Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 2nd Test (SSC), Aug 26–30 2009". Cricinfo. 
  7. ^ "Herath spins Sri Lanka to famous win". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "England tour of Sri Lanka, 2011/12 / Scorecard". Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sri Lanka v Pakistan: Rangana Herath takes nine wickets". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Most wickets in 2012". cricinfo. 28 December 2012. 

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