England Cricket Team spoiled the grand farewell of veteran Sri Lanka cricketer Rangana Herath as they beat the host by 211 runs to register their first overseas series win in two years.
Meanwhile, from 103 for five in the first innings to dominating the Test at a venue they have not tasted success before, it has been a remarkable comeback by the England team. Debutant Ben Foakes showed great application to share very vital stands with Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, and Adil Rashid and then the bowlers took over.
Rangana Herath began his journey at this very venue in 1999. He had to be patient with his opportunities with Muttiah Muralitharan around. But he took over the reigns very dutifully when the legendary spinner did pass on the baton. His ability to get the ball to turn and bounce was a treat to watch.
Galle has been a sweet venue for Sri Lanka, but could not give a fitting send-off to a very humble left-arm spinner. The hosts need to improve their batting and hope the injury scares don’t force changes.
The teammates carried an emotional Ranaga Herath on their shoulders with the Sri Lankan flag at the back. However, the veteran spinner admitted that he might go back to his club to play first-class cricket. He also extended his gratitude for the constant support and love to the fans.
“It’s, of course, an emotional occasion, but I need to start another life. I might go to my club and may play some first-class cricket. From 2011 the support from my wife, kids, and my immediate family members has been amazing, I really appreciate the support and without that, I don’t think I could have got to where I am right now,” Herath said.
Here is the how the Twitter reacted as Rangana Herath bids farewell on a losing note:
Perfect in a way that Rangana Herath's last act on a cricket field was a desperate dive.
— Andrew Fidel Fernando (@afidelf) November 9, 2018
— Ramesh rajpurohit (@rameshsingh9166) November 9, 2018
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) November 9, 2018
— Rashad Ahamed (@RashadCricket) November 8, 2018
— Danish Khan (@danishkhan_30) November 9, 2018
Great performance on debut! 👏
— Dave⭐️⭐️ (@dj_zotov) November 9, 2018
Muttiah Muralitharan 800 Test wicket & 1347 International wickets, Rangana Herath 433 Test wickets & 525 International wicket, legendary bowlers. But loved their batting more than their bowling, pure entertainment 😂 #Cricket
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) November 9, 2018
— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) November 9, 2018
Well that was a sad way for Rangana Herath to finish his international career but OH MY FUCKING GOD WE'VE WON AN AWAY TEST!!! #SLvENG
— Kelly 🇪🇺 🕷 (@DHPLover) November 9, 2018
— Shazin Hijazy (@HijazyShazin) November 9, 2018
@HerathRSL You showed the world that Orthodox bowling is still alive…
Galle has been kind to you but Sad to see the champion going without a victory but nonetheless thank you for the assurance you provided in last 10 years #ThankYouHerath #SLvENG pic.twitter.com/QSgdFprk6D
— Sasa (Sasanka Sandaruwan) #AVSS (@SasaAVS) November 9, 2018
Fantastic win for England to go 1-0 up in the series. No one gave them a chance including myself. Well done to them and it is an unfortunate end to a wonderful career for Rangana Herath. Great from England though. #SLvENG #cricket
— Giri Subramanian (Off Work) (@giri26) November 9, 2018
Quite simply you cannot bring back Bairstow and wk/batsman only the latter, Foakes has proven he is a class act behind the stumps far better than Bairstow who’s performance with the bat lately do not warrant a recall. #SLvENG
— Charlie Eve, Esq. 🇬🇧🇮🇪🇳🇱🇪🇺 (@CharlieEve5) November 9, 2018