“It’s the right time to go” – Herath

Rangana Herath, the Sri Lankan left arm off spinner has signed off his Test career as the lead wicket-takers in the list for left-arm bowlers in the longest format of the game.

Herath signs off from Test cricket

The game has seen some under-rated cricketers in the history from time to time. Rangana Herath is one among those who were overshadowed by other superstars in the same team.

His journey started in 1999 in Galle International Stadium where he finished his career now. Herath was unfortunate to get enough opportunities in the side because of another superstar Muttiah Muralitharan, the leading wicket-taker in the history of the game.

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Herath had to wait for his opportunities and displayed his talent in every chance he got. After the retirement of Muralitharan, he was started to expose and became a pillar in the national Test side. He signs off with 433 wickets under his belt in the longest format of the game.

It was not quite enough – his run-out capping a 211-run defeat for Sri Lanka – but although there was no famous farewell at Galle, his favorite venue, Herath was happy it was “the right time” for him to retire from international competition.

“As always, losing is not a good result but this is part of the game,” he said. “We [wanted to] have played much better cricket, as we used to play. Hopefully, the guys will come back strongly for the second and third.

“It’s an emotional situation, but all in all everybody has to take a decision at the right time. I’m thankful for all those years that I have played, all the people behind me, especially team-mates, Sri Lanka Cricket, I must thank every single person who’s behind me.

“It’s been a privilege and honour to play for my country, because in Sri Lanka we have 22 million people, so very few get the opportunity to play for Sri Lanka, so that’s a remarkable achievement and honour for any player.”

Asked if he would miss it, he said: “Of course, playing cricket, yes. I wish to play some first-class cricket, but we’ll see how it goes in the coming months. Firstly I need to go back to where I work and have a bit of a chat, but I wish to play more cricket, not full time.

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