Sir Richard Hadlee, the world’s first Test cricketer to achieve 400 Test wickets has advised the Sri Lankan bowler Rangana Herath to continue to play till he enjoys the game.
Herath recently became the 400 Test wicket taker at the age of 39 years. Incidentally, Herath has broken the record of New Zealand all-rounder Hadlee, who was only marginally younger when he first grabbed the 400th Test wicket.
Speaking exclusively over his mobile, Sir Hadleer says, “age only becomes a barrier when you lose enjoyment playing the game and when ones fitness challenges the body with injuries, aches and pains”.
“I had never thought about being the oldest player to capture 400 Test wickets. It never bothered me and I don’t think of it being a record. It was the culmination of 18 years work. It was the pinnacle of my career. It was my ‘Everest’ and I was pleased to get to the top of the world at that point in my life. It was the 4th Feb 1990″.
“Also, if ones performances are not up to standard it is time to retire. I was 39 when I was confronted with those issues even though I got a wicket with my last ball and a five wicket bag in my last game”, he signed off.