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Disappointed, but not because we lost on my Birthday: Rangana Herath
BIPIN DANI
MUMBAI, Mar 20: Rangana Herath is not the first captain losing a Test match on his birthday.

Sri Lanka, on Sunday lost the Test against Bangladesh but not before giving a tough fight to the opponents.

"Yes, the disappointment is there but not because we lost the Test on my birthday. On any given day no captain would like his team losing the game", Herath, who turned 39 on Sunday, said exclusively over his telephone from Sri Lanka. "The defeat is a part and parcel of the game. Will work harder now".

Herath came close to the hat-trick on Sunday.

In the last two deliveries of the eight over of the Bangladesh second innings, he grabbed the wicket of opener Soumya Sarkar (caught by Tharanga) and the next wicket he ensured Imrul Kayes returned home.

"The hat-trick was not in my mind when I came to bowl a new over. There was no mindset focused for the hat-trick ball. Our aim was ultimately to take all the wickets and win the Test match", he added.

Hat-trick is not a new achievement. Last year Hearth did take hat-trick against Australia. He is the oldest player to have registered at the age of 38. "The player can have it (hat-trick) at any age- be it 29 or 39. There is always a special feeling when the bowler achieves this".

Hearth, after returning from the ground after the Test match didn't stay in the team hotel. "I am not in the ODI squad and hence returned home. I spent the evening with my family and friends. They had arranged my birthday party at home", he signed off.


News Updated at : Monday, March 20, 2017
 
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