ICC Cricket 360 profiles the likeable Sri Lankan spinner and charts his journey to international cricket star
Rangana Herath's journey from the tropical, small town of Kurunegala to cold Durham, where he reached the milestone of 300 Test wickets, is an inspiring tale. A canny left-arm orthodox spinner, the hours that he spent on the field when he was young, no doubt, moulded him into the cricketer he is today. According to the man himself, he had a "lot of troubles" throughout his career but says that he was lucky to have a "fantastic family, coaches and friends".
His uncle Gamini Weerakkodi recalls Herath never shirked his education even when it became clear that cricket was his calling. It served him well: when he was forced to bide his time with the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan in the Sri Lanka team, he was working for Sampath Bank as part of the marketing team, a job he still holds today.
Later, when his career began to flourish, he never forgot the people who had helped him along the way, be it the bank staff or the friends he made playing for the Tamil Union Cricket Club. But, even as accolades keep coming for Herath for his achievements on the field, it is his humility and simplicity that shines through.