The man with the best figures by a left-armer in Test cricket, Rangana Herath is probably the only spinner Pakistani batsmen are afraid of currently. He picked up yet another ten-wicket haul against Pakistan as Sri Lanka secured a dramatic 21-run win in the first Test at Abu Dhabi.
And with this feat the 39-year-old ‘wily little fox’ as his teammates call him endearingly joined the 400-wicket club. His dismissal of the last batsman Mohammad Abbas was his 400th wicket in his 84th Test, becoming the 14th most successful bowler in the five-day format.
Pakistan was dismissed for 114 while chasing a target of 136.
Not only that, Herath is the first bowler in history to take over 100-wickets against Pakistan in Test History with 101 wickets against them. The previous record was held by Kapil Dev at 99 wickets.
Herath is only the second Sri Lankan bowler to cross the 400 mark after Muttiah Muralitharan and is the oldest to reach the landmark.
He, however, is the only left-arm spinner to take 400 Test wickets. Daniel Vettori had held the record for the most wickets by a left-arm orthodox with 362 wickets.
Rangana Herath is only the second left-arm bowler (pace and spin) in Test history to take 400 wickets. Wasim Akram, Pakistan left-arm pacer, has 414 wickets from 104 Tests, reported the Hindustan Times.