Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath has declared his retirement from international cricket. The news of the 40-year-old left-arm spinner’s retirement was announced by the Sri Lanka cricket board through a text message.
The left-arm spinner was overshadowed by the legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan in his initial career, but after Murali’s retirement, Herath emerged as Sri Lanka’s spearhead in spin department.
Herath has bagged 430 wickets in 92 Tests at an average of 27.95 and has claimed five wickets in an innings 34 times in his career. He also played 71 ODIs and picked 74 wickets but he wasn’t that effective in the shorter format of the game. He also represented Sri Lanka in 17 T20Is and picked 18 wickets.
Since 2012, Herath has picked 50 Test wickets in a calendar year four times and was hailed as one of the best left-arm spinners of this era across the world.
Currently he is the most successful left-arm spinner in Test cricket as no other left-arm spinner has managed to pick as many wickets as Herath in Tests.
Sri Lanka will lock horns against England in a Test series and the Sri Lanka cricket board has confirmed that the 40-year-old will retire from Test cricket after the first Test which will be played at Galle.
Galle is the same venue where the spin bowler started his Test career 19 years ago and he will end it at the same venue.
The spin bowler is suffering from knee injuries from the past few months and it seems that he is no longer able to sustain his body. So, he will be retiring from Test cricket. He has already retired from ODI cricket in 2016.