Rangana Herath, the Sri Lankan spin demon
Rangana Herath, five wickets for three runs against New Zealand in the ICC World Twenty20, produced the third best figures in T20Is. The Sri Lankan has 217 Test wickets too.
In a tournament dominated generally by spinners, Rangana Herath arrived at the perfect time for Sri Lanka on Monday night. The veteran left-arm spinner produced career-best figures as Sri Lanka stormed into the semifinal of the ICC World Twenty20 after crushing New Zealand by 59 runs in Chittagong. (All AFP images)
It was 36-year-old Rangana Herath's day. His (five wickets for three runs) was his best bowling performance in T20Is - his first five-wicket haul, obliterating the three for 25 against Pakistan at Colombo on October 4, 2012.
Rangana Herath's outstanding figures are the third best in T20Is. The top two are six for eight by Ajantha Mendis versus Zimbabwe at Hambantota on September 18, 2012 and six for 16 by Mendis again against Australia at Pallekele on August 8, 2011.
Rangana Herath's economy rate of 0.85 -- the best by a bowler in T20Is (minimum three overs) - is testimony to the fact that it's class, ability and diligence that are the primary virtues of a slow bowler, irrespective of the format of the game.
Ranagan Herath attributed his success to "bowled the ball in the right place". Monday's match against the Kiwis was only his seventh T20 international.