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Stat attack: Rangana Herath becomes left arm spinner with maximum test wickets

Sri Lankan players celebrate

Wine tastes better with age and this has been the case with Rangana Herath ever since his resurgence in the International Cricket. Ignored for the most part of his youth days due to the presence of the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan,  Upul Chandana, and Sanath Jayasuriya, he did not lose hope and grabbed his opportunity when he was given the chance.

With the wicket of Litton Das on the fifth afternoon, Herath became the most successful left-arm spinner in the history of test cricket, overtaking Daniel Vettori in 34 matches less than him. He did not stop there as went on to take six wickets and decimate Bangladeshi batting order in the second innings.

On the occasion of achievement of his feet, here we are bringing to you the top 5 highest wicket-taking left arm spinners in test cricket.

1. Rangana Herath – 366* wickets in 79 matches

The old warhorse has spelled his magic in the latter stages of his career after warming the benches for most of the initial part of his career. The kind of fitness and form he has maintained, he is expected to make the batsmen dance to his tune for a few more years to come.

2. Daniel Vettori – 363 wickets in 113 matches

The ice-cool New Zealander was known for his guile and had variations as his main strength.  He brought down curtains on his International Career after taking 363 wickets in 113 appearances and also captained New Zealand for some time. He took two wickets in his last test match against Pakistan with the wicket of Mohammed Talha the last of a celebrated career.

3. Derek Underwood – 297 wickets in 86 wickets

The “Deadly” Underwood made sure his mastery bailed out England in testing times. Varying his pace according to the need of the pitch, he outfoxed batsmen not only on turning tracks but also on dead pitches. He ended his career on a high, taking eight wickets in his ultimate test against Sri Lanka. Ajit de Silva was last one of his 297 scalps.

4. Bishan Singh Bedi –  266 wickets in 67 matches

The art of spin at its purest, Bedi did not back from tossing the ball in the air and inviting him to go after him. His big heart and immense discipline brought him 266 wickets. He took three wickets in his last test match with the wicket of David Grower in the last test match drawing curtains on a remarkable career

5. Tony Lock – 174 wickets in 49 matches

The spin-bowling partner of the great Jim Laker, he created havoc among the opposition batsmen combining very well with the best spinner of that time. He was aggressive in his approach and that usually earned him valuable wickets. He took three wickets in his last test against West Indies with David Holford being the last of his 174 wickets.

 

Player

Country

Wickets

Matches

Average

5WI

10WM

Rangana Herath

Sri Lanka

366*

79

28.23

29

7

Daniel Vettori

New Zealand

363

113

34.36

20

3

Derek Underwood

England

297

86

25.84

17

6

Bishan Singh Bedi

India

266

67

28.71

14

1

Tony Lock

England

174

49

25.58

9

3

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