Stats: Rangana Herath records 30th five-wicket haul in Test cricket

Herath, on an average, takes a five-wicket haul every 4.9 innings and 2.7 Tests.

Rangana Herath
Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal hugs Rangana Herath after Herath dismissed Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Less than 24 hours after joining the 7-man list of players who have taken 250 wickets at home in Test cricket, Rangana Herath became the 5th bowler to take 30 or more five-wicket hauls on Saturday at the Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium against Zimbabwe.

As he picked Donald Tiripano’s wicket on the 2nd day morning, Herath accomplished a 5-wicket haul, his 30th in this format and went past Glenn McGrath who had 29 five-fers in his career. Herath needed 81 Tests to take 30 five-fers. Muralitharan needed 67 Tests while Richard Hadlee took 72. The leg-spinners, Anil Kumble and Shane Warne required 99 and 125 Tests respectively to register the 30th 5-fer of their career.

Most five-wicket hauls in Test cricket:

Player Teams Matches Innings Wickets Average S/R 5WI 10WM
M Muralitharan Sri Lanka / ICC World XI 133 230 800 22.72 55 67 22
SK Warne Australia 145 273 708 25.41 57 37 10
Sir RJ Hadlee New Zealand 86 150 431 22.29 51 36 9
A Kumble India 132 236 619 29.65 66 35 8
HMRKB Herath Sri Lanka 81 147 378 27.8 60 30 7
GD McGrath Australia 124 243 563 21.64 52 29 3

 

The 39-year-old left-arm spinner who was under Muttiah Muralitharan’s shadow for a major part of his career returned to the national team after the legendary spinner’s retirement and has not looked back since then having picked all his 30 five-fers in Tests after turning 30. Only Muralitharan (34 five-fers) has taken more five-wicket hauls in Test cricket than Herath after turning 30.

Most five-wicket hauls in Test cricket after turning 30:

Player Teams Matches Innings Wickets Average S/R 5WI 10WM
M Muralitharan Sri Lanka / ICC World XI 60 110 388 22.02 50 34 12
HMRKB Herath Sri Lanka 69 126 343 27.13 59 30 7
Sir RJ Hadlee New Zealand 51 86 276 19.46 47 25 6
SK Warne Australia 73 142 386 25.36 52 22 6
CV Grimmett Australia 37 67 216 24.21 67 21 7
SF Barnes England 23 43 163 16.46 42 20 6

 

On an average, he takes a five-wicket haul every 4.9 innings and 2.7 Tests. His ratio is the 6th best for any player with 15 and more 5-fers in Test cricket. England’s Sydney Barnes picked a 5-fer every 1.13 Tests and 2.08 innings; in other words, he used to take a 5-wicket haul in every Test match where he bowled more than once.

Lowest innings/five-wicket haul ratio in Test cricket:

Player Teams Matches Innings Wickets Average S/R 5WI 10WM Inns/5WI Mat/5WI
SF Barnes England 27 50 189 16.43 42 24 7 2.08 1.13
CV Grimmett Australia 37 67 216 24.21 67 21 7 3.19 1.76
M Muralitharan Sri Lanka / ICC World XI 133 230 800 22.72 55 67 22 3.43 1.99
R Ashwin India 49 92 275 25.22 53 25 7 3.68 1.96
Sir RJ Hadlee New Zealand 86 150 431 22.29 51 36 9 4.17 2.39
HMRKB Herath Sri Lanka 81 147 378 27.8 60 30 7 4.9 2.7

 

(Stats as on July 15, 2017)

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