Galle: Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath said he is aiming for a career total of 400 Test wickets after leading his side to a 259-run win over Bangladesh in the first Test in Galle Saturday.
Herath claimed 6-59 runs in the second innings as hosts Sri Lanka dismissed Bangladesh for 197 runs in less than two sessions to claim a crushing win, giving them a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.
Herath took the record-breaking wicket haul in just 79 Tests, compared to Vettori's 113 Tests.
Among all left-arm bowlers, only Pakistani fast bowler Wasim Akram is ahead of Herath, with 414 wickets.
Herath, who will celebrate his 39th birthday next week, said he would like to finish his career with 400 wickets.
“I have already played 79 Tests and I am happy with whatever I have achieved so far,” Herath said after the Bangladesh win.
“Only a few legends of the game have taken 400 Test wickets. So that will be great. I don’t know if I will have this form always. I am looking forward to do my job for the team.”
Herath has maintained his 100 per cent record as captain after stepping in for Angelo Mathews.
He led Sri Lanka to two wins against Zimbabwe last year and was made captain again for the Bangladesh series in Mathews' absence.
Herath said he was unsure if he would lead Sri Lanka beyond the Bangladesh series.
“It depends on what the selectors think and how Angelo shapes up and we need to have a chat and then decide,” he said.