Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina congratulates Rangana Herath on his achievement

Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina congratulates Rangana Herath on his achievement

Herath left Wasim Akram behind in terms of most Test wickets by any left arm bowler.

Rangana Herath | GETTY

Rangana Herath, en route to Sri Lanka's three-day win over Bangladesh in the second Test in Mirpur, reached a much deserving milestone. The veteran spinner took 4-49 to surpass Pakistan legend Wasim Akram (414 Test wickets) as the most successful left-arm bowler in Test history, with 415 wickets.

Sri Lanka's dominating performance won them the series by 1-0. Not only Herath, but off-spinner Akila Dananjaya also took 5-24, the best figures for a Sri Lankan on debut as Bangladesh, needing an unlikely 339 to win, crumbled for 123.

While a legend reached a huge feat, another legend congratulated him on Twitter. Former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, "Outstanding effort to become the highest left-arm wicket taking bowler. Congratulations, @HerathRSL!".

Suresh Raina also wished the Sri Lankan spinner for the achievement. "Left" everyone behind and spun his way to greatness. Well done, champion! @HerathRSL @OfficialSLC".

Raina has been picked for the South Africa T20I series. Herath, in reply, thanked the left-handed batsman and wished him good luck for his comeback series.

Making his Test debut in 1999 against Australia, Herath overtook Akram (414 wickets), Daniel Vettori (362 wickets), Chaminda Vaas (355 wickets) and Mitchell Johnson (313 wickets).


By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 11 Feb, 2018

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