Sri Lanka bowling spearhead Rangana Herath is on the verge of creating history in the two-match Test series against Bangladesh. Herath is just 12 wickets away from becoming the second bowler in the history of Sri Lankan cricket to notch up a record 1000 scalps in first-class cricket.
The 38-year old is also captaining the Lankan side in the two-match Test series versus Bangladesh which starts at the Galle International Stadium. In the absence of Angelo Mathews, Herath will try his best to help Sri Lanka maintain a clean sheet against Bangladesh in the five-day format. Mathews is recovering from a hamstring injury which he sustained during Sri Lanka’s tour of South Africa.
Lanka boasts of an impressive unbeaten record against their sub-continent neighbours, they have won 14 and drawn two of its previous Tests against Bangladesh.
Despite such dominance, the Islanders cannot make the mistake of taking Bangladesh lightly as their recent Test record hasn’t been great off-late. Lanka suffered a humiliating series loss at the hands of South Africa when they were whitewashed 3-0 in the three-match Test series. Playing at home is likely to give an advantage to the Lankans who are known to be the team to beat at home. This will also be a historic Test for Bangladesh as they will be participating in their 100th match since acquiring the elusive status of a Test-playing nation.
In his memorable career, make-shift skipper Rangana Herath has played 251 first-class matches and picked up 988 wickets at an average of 25.06. His best of 9/127 and strike-rate of 55.4 are the other noticeable figures of Herath’s extraordinary career. The left-arm orthodox spinner has also raked in 63 five-wicket hauls and 12 ten-wicket hauls which speak a lot about his match-winning abilities with the cherry in his hand.
Former legendary off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is the only bowler from Sri Lanka who has picked up 1374 first-class wickets in his record-filled career. Herath can be the next one!