Born Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath and commonly known as Rangana Herath, is the best left-arm spinner in the history of cricket. According to the most of the cricket experts, he is one of the most unfortunate players in history if cricket, who has overshadowed by Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas. Born on March 19, 1978, in a small village of North-western province of Sri Lanka, called Waduwawa.
Rangana’s father bought a black and white TV (Well, it was a luxury to have small TV back then!) in the year 1984. The TV inspired small Rangana to start practicing for cricket watching the excellent shots of Aravinda de Silva. Ranga is the second son in his family. His elder is Deepthi Herath who tried to help Rangana to make the place for himself in national cricket team of Sri Lanka.
Rangana scaled the ladders through the school cricketing team, in his initial days. His first school was Muyurapada Central College, Narammala; later he moved Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala to explore the more opportunities in his career. After completing his education Rangana started to work as a clerk in Sampatha Bank, where he met the brother of the then captain of Sri Lankan cricket team Chandika Haturusingha, who helped Rangana to get entry into the first class cricket.
Rangana is married to Senani Herath and the couple has two sons out of this marriage.
Though overshadowed by two most skilled bowlers of his time, Rangana has a glorious track record in his cricketing career. Rangana debuted against Australia on September 22, 1999, in international test matches and against Zimbabwe on April 25, 2004, in ODIs. He had a very short stint with the T20 format of the game where he debuted on August 6, 2011, against Australia.
His profile on crickbuzz.com and expncricinfo.com tells the impressive story of his career. Being a left-arm orthodox bowler he took 357 wickets in only 78 tests and 142 innings with an excellent economy rate of 2.78. In 71 ODIs he took 74 wickets again maintaining the excellent economy rate of 4.37 for ODIs. In 17 international T20 matches, Rangana took 18 wickets.
Though he had played the role of the opening batsman for his school’s cricket team, he focused towards bowling later in his career. At the beginning of his career, he was the fast bowler but as his coach suggested him to concentrate on spin bowling style due to his short height. Rangana took this suggestion in a positive sense and was able to create a history. As his main role was that of bowler his batting records have not been good enough.
As a skilled bowler and dedicated player Rangana has been playing for his nation since 1999. In these years Rangana achieved many remarkable records. Here is the list of some of Rangana Herath’s important records in cricket:
• He is the oldest player and only second left-arm orthodox bowler to struck a hat-trick in international tests.
• He is also the first spinner from Sri Lanka to take a hat-trick in tests.
• He is only the third bowler to take 5-wicket haul against all test playing countries.
• He became only third Sri Lankan bowler to score 300 wickets in tests, after Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan.
• Rangana is the oldest player to reach 350 wickets in tests.
During his 9 years’ career in international Rangana achieved many feats to his profile along with some of the notable international awards. Here is the list of important awards won by Rangana Herath in cricket:
• Best test bowler of the year award for 2015 at Dialogue SLC awards.
• CEAT international bowler of the year award.
Apart from these awards, Rangana won 15 man of the match awards in all forms of cricket.
Rangana Herath Net Worth
Rangana Herath has been playing for Sri Lanka’s national cricket team since last 9 years and he is considered as the most successful and famous bowler after Chaminda Vass and Muttiah Muralitharan. Rangana Herath’s net worth in 2017 is around $5.3 million US dollars including his retaining fees, match fees and money earned by endorsing brands and events.
Rangana had announced his retirement from ODIs and international T20 matches in April 2016. He was also spotted saying that he doesn’t see any goals after taking 300 wickets in tests and he will focus his energy towards only test matches during the remaining period of his career, as per the news published in espncricinfo.com.
Another latest news about this great player published on January 2, 2017, in ndtv.com for his good performance during Sri Lanka’s test match against South Africa.
Rangana is one of the most innocent players in cricketing history and we did not find any controversies related to him. Also, he has praised bowler worldwide who is committed to only test matches. We hope the Rangana will continue with his spirit and give some of his best performances during his remaining part of the career.