Rangana takes his 431st wicket, equalls Sir Richard Hadlee

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Rangana Herath took his first wicket, the 431st of his career, in the first ball of his third over of his first spell of the first day, Tuesday morning, clean-bowling Joe Root for 35 runs, in the opening Test against England in Galle.

Herath is playing in his farewell Test. He was the 10th best bowler in Test cricket history with 430 scalps coming into the match.

Root’s wicket was also the 100th Herath took at the Galle cricket stadium. Only two players, Muttiah Muralitharan and James Anderson, who have taken 100 or more wickets in a singles stadium. Murali and Anderson made those feats in Galle and Lord’s respectively.

By doing so, Herath equalled the 431-wicket mark set by Sir Richard Hadlee, the 9th bowler in the list of all-time highest wicket-takers list.

Herath can be the seventh all-time best bowler in the world if he can take four more wickets in the ongoing Test.

The current 6th to 10th positions of the highest wicket-takers list in Test cricket:

6th – Courtney Walsh – 519 wickets – 132 matches – Ave. 24.44

7th – Kapil Dev – 434 wickets – 131 matches – Ave. 29.64  

8th – Chris Broad – 433 wickets – 123 matches – Ave. 28.92

9th= – Richard Hadlee – 431 – 86 matches – Ave. 22.29

9th= – Rangana Herath – 431 wickets – in his 93rd match – Ave. before current Test 27.96

10th – Dale Steyn – 421 wickets – 88 matches – Ave. 22.64