EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sri Lanka’s veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath will soon become the only active Test cricketer who debuted in the 1990s.
When Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, the two senior members of the Pakistani team, retire next month after the series against the West Indies, veteran Herath will claim another Test honour.
“Oh..is it so…?,” Herath laughed when cricketbadger.com brought this statistic to his notice. “It does not bother me. The passion is there and I am still playing and love the game is more important.”
Herath (39), made his Test debut (against Australia at Galle) in 1999, two years before Misbah-ul-Haq (43) and one year before Younis Khan (39) played their first Test matches.
“It is easy for the batsmen to have longer playing days than the bowlers,” Herath continued. “This is because bowlers are more prone to injuries. And especially the percentage of fast bowlers getting injured is more than the normal injuries by other players.
“However, I have no regrets to be a bowler. I enjoy the game,” Herath added. “I have not decided on my retirement plan. I have not set any target for the wickets, but yes, I would be happy to achieve 400 Test wickets”.
Herath is currently 27 short of the 400 landmark.
“My immediate task is to remain fit and play the forthcoming two home series against Zimbabwe and India. We want to win against the visiting Indian team and Kohli,” he signed off.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
His twitter bio reads: Eat cricket stories, drink cricket stories, sleep cricket stories.