Sri Lanka's key wicket-keeper batsman is widely recognised as one of the most talented players in the game.
He broke into the side at the age of 22 and blessed the game with his elegant strokeplay and sharp work behind the stumps. He is also a renowned sledger.
He is a naturally aggressive player and one of the first names down on the Sri Lanka teamsheet.
The dual responsibility of batting at number three and keeping wicket is the source of widespread debate and the selectors relieved him of the gloves in one-day cricket after the 2003 World Cup.
The change increased his productivity as a batsman but left the team unbalanced and he was handed back the wicket-keeping duties during Australia's tour in 2003-04.
He is training to be a lawyer in between matches and is widely tipped as a future captain of the side.
His form has remained superbly consistent and he reached new heights in July 2006 when he added a world record 624 for the third wicket in a Test against South Africa at Colombo, of which his share was 287.
He followed that with back-to-back centuries on tour in New Zealand and confirmed his standing as a contender for the best wicket-keeper batsman in the world.
He signed for Warwickshire in 2007 for his maiden stint in county cricket.