By Staff Writers | April 14, 2014
Rangana Herath has been a victim of some bizarre selections. © AFP
Sri Lanka’s World Cup hero Rangana Herath, who in recent years has been surprisingly axed for crucial World Cup fixtures despite being in good form, has referred to the incidents as "setbacks" and said he has taken it all in his stride.
Herath’s astonishing match figures of five wickets for three runs in Sri Lanka’s must-win group match against New Zealand, at the recently-concluded ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, enabled his team to qualify for the semi-final.
The left-arm spinner once again shone in the final, with fantastic figures of one for 23 in four overs at an economy rate of 5.75, against spin-competent India’s formidable batting line-up.
Despite displaying similar prowess with the white ball at the World Twenty20 semi-final in 2012, he was strangely dropped for the final of that tournament.
Similarly, Herath was dropped for the final of the ODI World Cup in 2011 after a decent showing in the semi-final.
"Getting dropped from the side is nothing new for me," the 36-year-old told The Island. "You feel sad. All cricketers want to be involved in a World Cup final, but I took them in good spirit.
"You have to understand what the team thinks. They are choosing the best XI to play a particular opposition. However, I thought that I will play the final in 2012 because I had bowled really well in the semi-final.
"They were setbacks, but I am used to it."
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