Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsmanhas claimed dual honours in the annual Wisden Cricket awards.
Former captain of Sri Lankan cricket team named as Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World 2011 and was also named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year for 2012 in the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2012 edition.
The elegant left-hander compiled 2,267 international runs in the three formats last year - no other player broke 2,000 - with five centuries and 13 fifties, and uniquely reached four figures in both Tests and one-day internationals for the third time.
Tim Bresnan, Glen Chapple,, were the other cricketer's of the year.
Players can only be named in Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year once in their careers.
The Five Cricketers of the Year for 2012 were chosen by Wisden's editor Lawrence Booth. It is a tradition that, Wisden says, "dates back to 1889, making this the oldest individual award in cricket."