Veteran Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has hinted at retiring from Test cricket following the three-match Test series against England in November.
The 40-year-old former Sri Lankan captain has picked up 418 scalps in just 90 Test matches for Sri Lanka and is the country’s highest wicket-taker after Muttiah Muralitharan, who has a staggering 800 test wickets to his name.
On 11 March 2017, Herath surpassed 362 wickets by Daniel Vettori to become the most successful left-arm spinner in Test cricket history. He is the first left-arm spinner to take 400 Test wickets.
“Maybe my final series will be the England series later in the year,” the 40-year-old told BBC Sinhala. “There comes a time for every cricketer, when they have to stop playing. I think that time has come for me.”
With other spinners in the team like Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan, the Herath thinks that Sri Lanka would be in good hands after his retirement.
Meanwhile, the premium spinner is in the squad for Sri Lanka’s two-match Test series against South Africa, which kicks off on Thursday in Galle.
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