Sri Lankan great set to retire this year

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Veteran Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath is all set to retire this year. Rangana Herath has made it clear that the home series against England later this year will be his last for the national team. The 40-year old spinner is all set to play against South Africa in the 2-match test series.

Rangana Herath is among the most successful bowlers for Sri Lanka. Considered as one of the greatest spin bowlers in the history of the game, Herath is a specialist left-arm bowler for Sri Lanka and holds the record of best bowling figures in Test matches by a left-arm spinner as 9 for 127 in one innings. He is the first left-arm spinner to take 400 Test wickets.

Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath to retire this year. (image source: via Reuters)

Rangana Herath shares his plan

Speaking with BBC Sinhala, 40-year old Herath says he is looking at the home series against England later this year as the right time to hang up his boots. “Maybe my final series will be the England series later in the year. Following this South Africa series, there is another three months until the England series. For now, this is what I’ve planned for. There comes a time for every cricketer, when they have to stop playing. I think that time has come for me”, says Rangana Herath.

Rangana Herath further adds that he is extremely satisfied with his achievements. “I’m really glad I’ve been able to play as long as I have. But the most important thing is that of those 18 years, I wasn’t able to play for Sri Lanka for about seven of those years. I’m proud of what I was able to do in those seven years – the training I did, and the desire I had, especially”, further quotes the veteran.

He is often considered as the most prolific left-arm spinner in the history of cricket. He is the first left-arm “spinner” ever to claim 400 test wickets. Currently, he has a total of 418 test wickets to his name. Rangana Herath quit from the ODI team of Sri Lanka in 2016 but continued to be the vital part of Sri Lankan test team.

One of the greatest left-arm spinners, Rangana Herath spent much of his career under the shadows of another Sri Lankan great spinner, Muthiah Muralitharan.