Former Sri Lankan veteran Rangana Herath who is currently in England for a brief coaching period organised by Global Cricket School, took time during the lunch session of their practice drills to speak about his life after retirement, his profound interest and his special admiration for India’s left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. He is already the sought-after professional to coach England Lions.
According to Herath, Ravindra Jadeja and South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj are doing a fine job as left-arm spinners at the moment. Herath thinks that these two spinners are the assets for their teams. When asked about what Ravindra Jadeja should do to be an automatic choice in the playing XI, Herath said it is all down to the team combination.
I have a lot of admiration for Jadeja: Rangana Herath
He said that Jadeja might get a chance if he is playing in the sub-continent. But when it comes to playing away from India, it is a tough task to bring him in because the two formula of bringing the spin combination wouldn’t make much of a difference as it solely depends on the situation and conditions according to Herath. Herath stated that Jadeja is one of the fittest players in the team and also expressed that he has a lot of admiration for Jadeja.
“It depends on the combination. When you are playing in the sub-continent, he might get a chance. But when you are playing outside India, it is not easy to bring that combination [of two spinners]. At some stage, maybe [Ravichandran] Ashwin is playing or Kuldeep Yadav is bowling. It depends on the situation and conditions. If you consider his batting and fielding, he is one of the fittest guys in the team. I have a lot of admiration for Jadeja,” he said while speaking to mid-day.
When he was asked about his interest in coaching full-time, Herath made it very clear that he can’t be a full-time coach because he has been busy working with Bank in Sri Lanka for almost 2 decades now. However, he hopes to manage both.
“Coaching is not the main target, but I want to stay connected with the game. At the same time, I have been working with Sampath Bank in Sri Lanka for almost 20 years now. I can’t be a full-time coach because I have to spend time at the bank as well. Hopefully, I can manage both,” he signed off.