Herath reveals his best Test memory at Galle and reason behind retiring after first Test
Sri Lanka legendary spinner Rangana Herath is all set to to bid goodbye to the Test cricket after the first Test match of the three match series against England.
Herath’s glorious career started back in 1999 and now it will all come to an end after the first Test match against England. The 40-year old explained the reason behind retiring after the first Test and not choosing to play the whole Test series.
“If you take the last 12 to 18 months, I haven’t played three Tests in a row because of my knee injuries and back issues. This is a three-Test series, so I thought it would be tough to play the whole thing given my fitness. So the selectors, SLC, the captain and the coach met with me and we came to this direction. I think it’s the right one.”
Herath played his first Test match in Galle and now his career is about to end in the same venue. And the off-spinner revealed taking 14 wickets in Mahela Jayawardene’s last Test match was the best memory for him in this venue.
“I played my first Test against Australia here – that’s one you will never forget. If you ask for maybe my best spell overall, the time I took nine wickets in the first innings and five in the second, at the SSC in Colombo, for Mahela’s last Test – that’s the one that comes to mind.”
After the retirement of two legends of the game Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka fell apart in the limited formats of the game and their poor run continues. However, Herath was the bright star in the darkness for Sri Lanka in the Test arena who single-handedly used to win matches for his side and now with his retirement, the Lions are set to get hiccups in the longer format of the game too.
Though, the man with 430 Test wickets have firm belief on the Sri Lankan bowlers and urges the team to give enough opportunities to them.
“Right now Akila Dananjaya and Dilruwan Perera are playing. In addition to them left-armers Malinda Pushpakumara and Lakshan Sandakan are there. They are all good bowlers, but what is important is to give them opportunities. We need to create the right environment for them to perform well. I’m sure they will get those opportunities, and that they will do well.”