Sri Lanka’s match-winning spinner Rangana Herath has been known for consistency and class from past 7 years. He assured that his team doesn't miss the services of another Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan, especially in Test cricket. Murali hung his boots from international cricket in 2010 against India soon after becoming the only bowler to take 800 scalps in Test cricket.
During the Colombo Test against Bangladesh, Hearth has surpassed another feat in his career as he becomes the second Sri Lankan bowler to take 1000 first-class wickets only behind.
However, Herath dismissed Tamim Iqbal on Thursday and during came back spell he picked up Mehedi Hasan for 18 to move to 999 wickets. He didn’t take very long to take his 1,000th wicket when he trapped Mustafizur Rahman LBW first ball. Although he missed the hat-trick but later on he dismissed Mossaddek Hossain for 75 as Bangladesh were bundled out for 467.
In the previous Test in Galle, Herath registered his name in the history books after becoming the leading left-arm spinner in Tests in terms of wickets. He surpassed Daniel Vettori’s tally of 362 wickets.
Muralitharan has taken a total of 1,374 wickets in first-class cricket while Herath is the 12th Asian bowler to achieve this milestone. The other Asian bowlers are Pakistan’s Intikhab Alam with a maximum of 1571 wickets followed by Indian spinner Bishan Singh Bedi with 1560.