Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle, 2nd day

Herath now our No. 1 - Jayawardene

Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene has said that his left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has taken over the mantle of Sri Lanka's No. 1 bowler following his six-wicket haul against England on the second day of the first Test at Galle

Sa'adi Thawfeeq in Galle

March 27, 2012

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Rangana Herath took his eighth five-for in Test cricket, Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle, 2nd day, March 27, 2012
Sri Lanka's captain, Mahela Jayawardene, said Rangana Herath can now lead their young attack © AFP
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Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene has said that his left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has taken over the mantle of Sri Lanka's No. 1 bowler following his six-wicket haul against England on the second day of the first Test at Galle.

"Ever since Murali retired Rangana has been our No. 1 spinner and he has now taken the mantle of being the No. 1 bowler as well," said Jayawardene in praise of his largely unsung spinner whose bowling effort has placed Sri Lanka with a chance to force victory.

Herath took 6 for 74 to bowl England out for 193 and give his team a handy 125-run first innings lead which they had stretched to 209 by the close with five second innings wickets in hand.

"Rangana has played alongside Murali for quite some time. For eight years he has always been an understudy. When Murali is bowling from the other end you don't get much notice but Rangana showed that he's got the experience now and he's got the responsibility to lead a young attack," Jayawardene said.

"He is doing it brilliantly and all the other bowlers are responding really well. In the post-Murali era what we need to do is try and develop a unit which will pick up 20 wickets. That's what we are trying to achieve."

Herath said that he saw England playing against Pakistan and struggle against the off-spin of Saeed Ajmal and the left-arm spin of Abdur Rehman. "I realised that you need something on the wicket for the spinners to perform like they did today where 12 wickets went to them."

Herath, who made his Test debut at this venue against Australia 13 years ago, praised Muralithan for offering regular assistance to spinners like himself, Suraj Randiv and Ajantha Mendis which has helped them develop their game. It was his eighth five-wicket haul in Tests.

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Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 30, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

He is no:1 bowler because Lankan's do not have any other options.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

dean.. mahela emphasized the fact that we need to build a good bowling unit in the post murali era..if you can put pressure from both ends, batsman can get out.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (March 28, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Rangan Herath is undoubtedly one of the best bowlers Sri Lanka have at this moment. His strength is ofcourse not the variation but consistency and that matters a lot. The historical test win he earned for Sri Lanka against South Africa and this decent performance now really proves him as main bowling weapon of Sri Lankan attack. Good luck to him for great future ahead. He has good 2-3 years of Cricket left in him and he should really mentor Randiv, Prasanna, Senanayake and Mendis for the senior spinner role in this period.

Posted by Meety on (March 28, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

@ved_mishra/PrasadGunawardane - nobody is comparing Herath to the great Murali. Mahela was praising him for a job well done, & Herath was thanking Murali for giving advice.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

Sorry Mahela but if Herath is Sri Lanka's number one bowler then the future is looking less than bright. Herath is ok but is not an outstanding spinner.

Posted by ved_mishra on (March 27, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

Herath is definitely no 1 bowler for Srilanka. But it is impractical to compare him against Murali. Muralidharan was a master class.

Posted by PrasadGunawardane on (March 27, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

When it comes to Herath and his variety; he is way to below compared to what Murali was. However Herath has been the main weapon of SL in last year or so under slow pitches and he produced the historical Test victory in Durban to register Sri Lanka's first Test victory in Post-Murali era. Small left arm off-spinner (leg spins for right-handers) has a nice flight in the air along with his mystery carom ball; make him as a compact spinner in International Cricket. I do say; Herath has been producing many wickets in recent past with his carom ball which sometimes turns the other way or keeps on straight by misleading many International batsmen with his slow nature in bowling. Hopefully he will do the best in 2nd inning of Eng and coming games for SL..

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

@ Pravenn Agree with You Lakmal was Leaking so much Runs But Still In That Time Mahela Gave The ball to him I was waiting every over that randiv will come to bowl

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Only mistake Mahela made was keeping Randiv back for way too long, that cost us extra 40 runs, specially when Broad came, Randiv should have been brought on

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