Full name Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath
Born March 19, 1978, Kurunegala
Current age 38 years 310 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Hampshire, Kandurata Maroons, Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club, Moors Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Surrey, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, Wayamba
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v Australia at Galle, Sep 22-26, 1999 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Johannesburg, Jan 12-14, 2017 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka at Harare, Apr 25, 2004 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Mar 1, 2015 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele, Aug 6, 2011 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Delhi, Mar 28, 2016 scorecard|
|Last First-class||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Johannesburg, Jan 12-14, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||1998/99|
|Last List A||England v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Mar 1, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Moors Sports Club v Ragama Cricket Club at Colombo (NCC), Aug 17, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Delhi, Mar 28, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/67, 8, 10||Sri Lanka||v South Africa||Johannesburg||12 Jan 2017||Test # 2247|
|2/57, 1, 1/32, 35*||Sri Lanka||v South Africa||Cape Town||2 Jan 2017||Test # 2244|
|2/48, 24, 1/84, 3||Sri Lanka||v South Africa||Port Elizabeth||26 Dec 2016||Test # 2243|
|13, 0/40||Sri Lankans||v SAf Invit XI||Potchefstroom||18 Dec 2016||Other|
|27, 5/89, 4, 8/63||Sri Lanka||v Zimbabwe||Harare||6 Nov 2016||Test # 2231|
|7, 3/97, 3/38||Sri Lanka||v Zimbabwe||Harare||29 Oct 2016||Test # 2228|
|33*, 6/81, 5, 7/64||Sri Lanka||v Australia||Colombo (SSC)||13 Aug 2016||Test # 2217|
|14, 4/35, 26, 2/74||Sri Lanka||v Australia||Galle||4 Aug 2016||Test # 2213|
|6, 4/49, 35, 5/54||Sri Lanka||v Australia||Pallekele||26 Jul 2016||Test # 2209|
|4/81, 31, 0/63||Sri Lanka||v England||Lord's||9 Jun 2016||Test # 2205|
Rangana Herath is an orthodox left-arm spinner who has taken over from Muttiah Muralitharan as Sri Lanka's main wicket-taking bowler in Tests. As a left-arm spinner, his strengths are his accuracy and his ability to bowl long spells, but to that he has added a 'mystery' ball, a delivery that is quicker and darts back into the right-hander.
In his early years, he was seen as a support act to Muralitharan, though he had his moments to savour: against Pakistan in 2009, his 4 for 15 got Sri Lanka an improbable win, as Pakistan were bundled out for 117 chasing 168. Most of the time during that period, though, his role was to bowl long spells block the runs and build pressure on the batsmen, allowing Murali to work his magic from the other end.
Since Murali's retirement, Herath has been Sri Lanka's go-to bowler. His unrelenting accuracy, and his ability to subtly vary his pace and flight have made him a potent force even overseas, where conditions don't always favour spin bowling. On Sri Lanka's tour to South Africa in 2011-12, Herath's match haul of 9 for 128 helped the team to their first Test win in South Africa. Next season he also had an impressive tour of Australia, bowling long spells, taking wickets and keeping the runs in check when the fast bowlers struggled to exercise any sort of control. He was the leading wicket-taker in Tests in 2012, with 60 at an average of 23.61, thus proving conclusively that he had broken out of Murali's shadow, and was among the best left-arm spinners going around.
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