Veteran Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath on Saturday entered the record books during his team's win over Bangladesh in the second Test in Mirpur. The left-arm spinner returned with figures of 4/49 to surpass Pakistan bowling great Wasim Akram as the most successful left-arm bowler in Test history with 415 wickets. Herath's personal milestone didn't go unnoticed as batting legends Sachin Tendulkar and Kumar Sangakkara applauded him on Twitter.
"Outstanding effort to become the highest left-arm wicket taking bowler. Congratulations, @HerathRSL!", Tendulkar captioned on Twitter.
"Awesome win @OfficialSLC in tough conditions. Well played to everyone. Onwards and upwards", Sangakkara posted on his Twitter account.
Congrats @HerathRSL absolute champion. One of the greats. Well done my friend. All of Sri Lanka is so proud of you— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) February 10, 2018
Herath overtook Akram (414 wickets in 104 Tests), Daniel Vettori (362 wickets in 113 Tests), Chaminda Vaas (355 wickets in 111 Tests) and Mitchell Johnson (313 wickets in 73 Tests) in the elite list of bowlers with most Test wickets by a left-arm bowler.
Herath made his Test debut against Australia at Galle in 1999 where he finished with figures of 4/97 and the match ended in a draw.
Earlier in the Test match, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya took 5-24 against Bangladesh with the hosts needing 339 runs to win, crumbled for 123. Set a target of 339 runs, a collapse-prone Bangladesh were all out for 123 in 29.3 overs in their second innings in the second session of the third day, without offering much of a challenge. Dananjaya finished with 5-24 to take his match haul to eight wickets. The first Test had ended in a draw in Chittagong.