|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 September 1999 v Australia|
|Last Test||12-15 August 2015 v India|
|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–present||Moors Sports Club|
|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.
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.
- 1 Early years and first-class cricket
- 2 Test cricket
- 3 Records and achievements
- 4 References
- 5 External links
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.
Top 10 Test Bowlers
|ICC Top 10 Test Bowlers|
|Reference: ICC Rankings, 8 August 2015|
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|
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|
T20I 5 Wicket hauls
|1||5/3||7||New Zealand||ZAC Stadium||Chittagong||Bangladesh||2014|
- "Official Player Rankings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- Thawfeeq , Sa'adi (March 27, 2012). "Herath now our No. 1 - Jayawardene". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- Mohomed, Ameen. "‘I have a lot of gratitude towards Murali’ – Rangana Herath". The Papare.Com. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- Hampshire sign Rangana Herath
- "Pak vs SL Test Series, 2009, Most wickets". Cricinfo.
- "Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 2nd Test (SSC), Aug 26–30 2009". Cricinfo.
- "Herath spins Sri Lanka to famous win". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- "England tour of Sri Lanka, 2011/12 / Scorecard". Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- "Sri Lanka v Pakistan: Rangana Herath takes nine wickets". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
- "Most wickets in 2012". cricinfo. 28 December 2012.
- Player profile: Rangana Herath from ESPNcricinfo
- Rangana-Herath's profile page on Wisden
- Player profile: Rangana Herath from CricketArchive