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Enter Captain Herath: A Rare Instance of a Spinning Captain

October 31, 2016

Rex Clementine, in the Island, 24 October 2016, where the title runs “King Herath leads Sri Lanka”
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been bestowed with the rare honour of leading Sri Lanka in Test cricket after captain Angelo Mathews was ruled out of the tour of Zimbabwe with a calf strain yesterday. Herath, the 38-year-old 73 Test veteran is the most experienced cricketer in international cricket. He is also the only current international cricketer to have made his Test debut in the last millennium. He will become the 14th man to lead Sri Lanka in Test cricket and only the second spinner after D.S. de Silva.

rangana-herath-008 Pic from Guardian

“I am absolutely delighted with this honour,” Herath told The Island. “Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya called me up today and informed that Angelo has been ruled out of the series and that I will have to step in as captain,” Herath added. “Having said that, these are difficult circumstances having lost two of our leading players. Both Angelo and Chandi have done remarkably well for us over the years,” Herath further said.While captain Mathews hurt his calf during training on Saturday, Chandimal was not picked for the tour due to injury. “Leading your country is the ultimate honour. I am really honoured to be considered as captain. But my main duty for the team is to do my best in bowling. We have lots of confidence leading into the series after the 3-0 win over Australia. We have improved in several ways and our batsmen in particular have gained confidence,” Herath further said.

Sri Lanka have not named a replacement for the injured Mathews as Zimbabwe have scrapped on arrival visa system. SLC will name a replacement today and the player is not expected to join the squad before the first Test in Harare starting on Saturday.

The national cricket team will leave for Harare tonight. They are expected to reach Harare after two stop-overs in Dubai and Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. Mathews, meanwhile, is unlikely to be fit for the triangular series as well that involves the hosts and West Indies. Chandimal is expected to lead the team in ODIs.

There have been 15 Tests so far between the countries. Ten of them have been won by Sri Lanka while the remaining five have been draws.

254329 Rangana Herath bowls to a packed infield, Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Harare, 3rd day, October 31, 2016

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Rangana Herath      

Full name Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath

Born March 19, 1978, Kurunegala

Current age 38 years 226 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Hampshire, Kandurata Maroons, Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club, Moors Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Surrey, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, Wayamba

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 73 110 23 1277 80* 14.67 2551 50.05 0 2 153 6 21 0
ODIs 71 30 15 140 17* 9.33 217 64.51 0 0 10 2 14 0
T20Is 17 6 3 8 3 2.66 12 66.66 0 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 245 354 80 4466 80* 16.29 0 14 103 0
List A 190 111 48 1043 88* 16.55 0 1 44 0
Twenty20 53 26 7 77 9 4.05 0 0 8 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 73 133 20633 9533 332 9/127 14/184 28.71 2.77 62.1 17 26 6
ODIs 71 67 3242 2362 74 4/20 4/20 31.91 4.37 43.8 1 0 0
T20Is 17 17 365 373 18 5/3 5/3 20.72 6.13 20.2 0 1 0
First-class 245 53306 24092 961 9/127 25.06 2.71 55.4 61 11
List A 190 8256 5732 226 4/19 4/19 25.36 4.16 36.5 5 0 0
Twenty20 53 51 1110 1129 57 5/3 5/3 19.80 6.10 19.4 0 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v Australia at Galle, Sep 22-26, 1999 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (SSC), Aug 13-17, 2016 scorecard
Test statistics
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
33*, 6/81, 5, 7/64 Sri Lanka v Australia Colombo (SSC) 13 Aug 2016 Test # 2217
14, 4/35, 26, 2/74 Sri Lanka v Australia Galle 4 Aug 2016 Test # 2213
6, 4/49, 35, 5/54 Sri Lanka v Australia Pallekele 26 Jul 2016 Test # 2209
4/81, 31, 0/63 Sri Lanka v England Lord’s 9 Jun 2016 Test # 2205
1/116, 12, 61, 0/18 Sri Lanka v England Chester-le-Street 27 May 2016 Test # 2204
2/25, 1, 4 Sri Lanka v England Leeds 19 May 2016 Test # 2203
55, 2/39 Sri Lankans v Leics Leicester 13 May 2016 FC
2, 0/21 Sri Lanka v South Africa Delhi 28 Mar 2016 T20I # 554
1/27, 1 Sri Lanka v England Delhi 26 Mar 2016 T20I # 551
3, 0/27 Sri Lanka v West Indies Bangalore 20 Mar 2016 T20I # 543
Profile

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.

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