Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has recently announced his retirement from Test cricket. The Sri Lankan cricketer will end his career as the most successful left-arm spinner in Test cricket as he has 430 Test wickets to his name. As the spin legend bids adieu to Test cricket we relive the best of his spin magic.
South Africa was an unconquered territory for Sri Lanka but in 2011, Rangana Herath decided to create history. In the second Test played at Durban, the left-arm spinner claimed a five-fer in the second innings to end South Africa’s second innings on 241 runs.
The highlight of this spell was Herath sending back the legendary batsman Jacques Kallis for a duck and not to forget that the spinner had already claimed four wickets in the first innings.
After scoring 422 runs in the first innings, Pakistan were set a target of mere 146 runs to win the first Test against Sri Lanka in 2017. The pitch of Abu Dhabhi wasn’t alien to Pakistan as in the recent times it had become their home for Tests and hence the target seemed to be nothing more than a cakewalk.
But then Rangana Herath happened.
Pakistan batted for 48 overs in the second innings and the spinner bowled 22 of those overs. The spinner claimed six wickets giving away just 43 runs and by the time Herath’s assault was over, Pakistan fell 21 runs short of the target.
India gained a lead of 192 runs in the first innings and had a paltry target of 176 runs in the second innings against Sri Lanka in the first Test in 2015.
India finished day three with 23 runs on the board and one wicket down. It was India’s Test to win but on the fourth morning of the Test, the maverick Herath ran through India’s batting line up and delivered a famous win for his nation.
He reduced India’s batting order to a pulp by their neutralising their front line batsmen KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma. The spinner finished with seven wickets and India were left wondering how did they let the match slip away from such dominating position.