Full Name

Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath

Born

March 19, 1978, Kurunegala

Age

43y 253d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

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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Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test9317025993121574339/12714/18428.072.8060.020349
ODI716732422362744/204/2031.914.3743.8100
T20I1717365373185/35/320.726.1320.2010
FC270596202716010809/12725.142.7355.27014
List A190825657322264/194/1925.364.1636.5500
T20535111101129575/35/319.806.1019.4010
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test9314428169980*14.64340549.89032016240
ODI71301514017*9.3321764.5100102140
T20I1763832.661266.66000000
FC27039689502180*16.350151090
List A19011148104388*16.5501440
T20532677794.050080
Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath
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Rangana Herath was chaired around the outfield
Rangana Herath was run out in his final Test innings
School children show their appreciation for Rangana Herath
Rangana Herath claimed the wicket of Joe Root
Rangana Herath bowls for the final time in Test cricket
Rangana Herath leaves the field after his final spell as a Test bowler