Rangana Herath on Monday became the first left-arm spinner in the history of Test cricket to take 400 wickets as he dismissed paceman Mohammad Abbas to guide Sri Lanka to a miracle win against Pakistan in the 1st Test at Abu Dhabi.
Herath, who came into this Test match with 389 wickets to his name, picked up a five-wicket haul in the first innings and followed that up with a six-wicket haul in the second innings. His eleven wickets helped Sri Lanka defend a fourth innings total of 135 runs, the lowest total successfully defended by the Lankans ever in cricket’s shortest format.
Herath now has 400 wickets to his name from 84 Test matches. The Sri Lankan ace tweaker is the fourth fastest to the mark, beating the likes of Anil Kumble (85 Tests), Glenn McGrath (87 Tests) and Shane Warne (92 Tests). His compatriot Muttiah Muralithran remains the fastest bowler to pick up 400 wickets, a feat he achieved in just 72 matches. He is followed by Kiwi legend Richard Hadlee and South African speed gun Dale Steyn, who both reached the milestone in 80 Test matches.