Former England Captain terms Rangana Herath's retirement as a "massive bonus"

Sri Lanka's left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has announced that he would retire from Test cricket after the first Test against England at Galle. Notably, it is the same venue where the left-arm spinner made his debut almost two decades back.

Herath with 430 wickets in 92 Tests at an average of 27.95 is the most successful left-arm spinner in the longest format of the game. He might have ended up as the most prolific spinner for any other nation but not for Sri Lanka as he would end behind the legendary, Muttiah Muralitharan, who has 800 Test wickets. Among active bowlers, Herath is the third best in terms of wickets and is only behind James Anderson [564] and Stuart Broad [433].

The former English captain, Nasser Hussain expressed his views on Herath's retirement. He told Sky Sports, “It’s a massive bonus. You are better off being lucky than classy in cricket and that is a key break for England. Sri Lanka have a few good spinners but he is the main threat, make no mistake. Since Murali retired, he has got 40 percent of their wickets in Sri Lanka, so he bowls one end. He is the new Murali basically.”

With the kind of impact, Herath had, Sri Lanka would certainly miss the experienced spinner.


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