|Full name||Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath|
19 March 1978 |
Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Bowling style||Slow left arm orthodox|
|Test debut (cap 78)||22–26 September 1999 v Australia|
|Last Test||10-14 December 2015 v New Zealand|
|ODI debut (cap 120)||25 April 2004 v Zimbabwe|
|Last ODI||1 March 2015 v England|
|T20I debut (cap 39)||6 August 2011 v Australia|
|Last T20I||6 April 2014 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|1996/97–1997/98||Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club|
|1998/99–2009/10||Moors Sports Club|
|2007/08–2010/11||Wayamba cricket team|
|2010/11–present||Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club|
|2012||Basnahira Cricket Dundee|
|Source: ESPNcricinfo, 14 December 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.
- 1 International debut
- 2 Early years and first-class cricket
- 3 Test cricket
- 4 Records and achievements
- 5 Awards
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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.
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.
Early years and first-class cricket
Herath started his cricket career at his first school Mayurapada Central College, Narammala. 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.
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)
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. 
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.
India, West Indies (2010)
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)
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.
England Tour in Sri Lanka (2012)
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.
Pakistan Tour in Sri Lanka (2014)
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.  He was man of the match in both Test matches and also man of the series.
India Tour in Sri Lanka (2015)
In the second innings of the first Test, Herath took seven wickets for 48 runs, where Sri Lanka only had 175 runs behind India's total of 375. Herath wa only able to took single wicket in the first innings and had a fairly poor performance in first inning. But his strong comeback in the second innings with other new spinner Tharindu Kaushal, India were all out for 112 runs, where Herath took 7 for 48 and Kaushal with 3 for 47. This was his 22nd five-wicket haul in Tests.
West Indies Tour in Sri Lanka (2015)
In the first match at Galle, Sri Lanka posted a huge total of 484 with the help of two centuries. In the bowling, Herath took his 23rd five-wicket haul in test cricket and the very first against West Indies. He finished with 6/68 runs and West Indies were all out for 251. This gave windies to keep follow-on and they came in to bat for the second innings just on the third day. Just as in the first innings, Herath was all over the Windies, where they all out for 227 runs, giving Sri Lanka a huge win by an innings and 6 runs. Herath took 4/79 in second innings, finished his fifth ten-wicket haul in Test cricket and adjudged man of the match award as well. The second match was a show of bowlers. Both teams do not score more than 250 in each innings, and Herath only took a single wicket in the first innings. West Indies required 245 runs to win the match, but Herath strikes again, picked up 4 wickets and sealed the game for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka won the series 2-0 and Herath was the Player of the Series
Records and achievements
- Highest wicket-taker in Tests in 2012
- 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
|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|
|4||14/184||57||Pakistan||SSC Ground||Colombo||Sri Lanka||2014|
|5||10/147||64||West Indies||Galle International Stadium||Galle||Sri Lanka||2015|
Test 5 Wicket hauls
|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|
|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|
|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|
|22||7/48||61||India||Galle International Stadium||Galle||Sri Lanka||2015|
|23||6/68||64||West Indies||Galle International Stadium||Galle||Sri Lanka||2015|
T20I 5 Wicket hauls
|1||5/3||7||New Zealand||ZAC Stadium||Chittagong||Bangladesh||2014|
Man of the Series awards
- In this table Ct., refers to the Catches.
|1||New Zealand in Sri Lanka Test Series||2012||22 runs; 20 wickets (2 Matches).||Drawn 1-1. |
|2||Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series||2014||48 runs; 22 wickets (2 matches)||Sri Lanka Won the series 2–0|
|3||Sobers-Tissera Trophy Test Series||2015/16||44 runs; 15 wickets (2 matches)||Sri Lanka Won the series 2–0|
Man of the match awards
|1||1st Test – Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series||2015||1st Innings – 20 ; 1/52. 2nd Innings - 15 ; 4/15.||Sri Lanka Won by 50 runs.|
|2||2nd Test – Sri Lanka in South Africa Test Series||2011||1st Innings – 30 ; 4/49. 2nd Innings - 8* ; 5/79.||Sri Lanka Won by 208 runs.|
|3||1st Test – England in Sri Lanka Test Series||2012||1st Innings – 5 ; 6/74. 2nd Innings - 7 ; 6/97.||Sri Lanka Won by 75 runs.|
|4||1st Test – New Zealand in Sri Lanka Test Series||2012||1st Innings – 11* ; 5/65. 2nd Innings - DNB ; 6/43.||Sri Lanka Won by 10 wickets.|
|5||1st Test – Bangladesh in Sri Lanka Test Series||2013||1st Innings – 3 ; 5/68. 2nd Innings - DNB ; 7/89.||Sri Lanka Won by 7 wickets.|
|6||1st Test – Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series||2014||1st Innings – 6* ; 3/116. 2nd Innings - DNB ; 6/48.||Sri Lanka Won by 7 wickets.|
|7||2nd Test – Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series||2014||1st Innings – 17 ; 9/127. 2nd Innings - DNB ; 5/57.||Sri Lanka Won by 105 runs.|
|8||1st Test – Sobers-Tissera Trophy Test Series||2015||1st Innings – 0 ; 6/68. 2nd Innings - DNB ; 4/79.||Sri Lanka Won by an innings and 6 runs.|
Twenty20 International Cricket
Man of the match awards
|1||ICC World Twenty20 2014 (NZL vs SL) 30th Match||2014||1* runs; 5 wickets for 3 runs||won by 59 runs.|
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- Mohomed, Ameen. "‘I have a lot of gratitude towards Murali’ – Rangana Herath". The Papare.Com. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- Hampshire sign Rangana Herath
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- "Most wickets in 2012". cricinfo. 28 December 2012.
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- "New Zealand in Sri Lanka Test series 2012 – Scorecard of 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
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- "Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test series 2014 – Scorecard of 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
- "Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test series 2014 – Scorecard of 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
- "West Indies in Sri Lanka Test series 2015-16 – Scorecard of 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Player profile: Rangana Herath from ESPNcricinfo
- Rangana-Herath's profile page on Wisden
- Player profile: Rangana Herath from CricketArchive