Angelo Mathews

Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka‘s batting all-rounder has turned 29. Born on January 2, 1987 in Colombo, Mathews is one of the finest all-rounders to emerge from the island nation. Known primarily for his batting, Mathews is a handy medium-fast bowler. He has that rare ability to bat at any position in the batting order. Naturally gifted, Mathews has the ability to play both defencively and with aggression as per the situation. He averages close to 50 and 40 with the bat in Tests and ODIs respectively. We hope that his 29th birthday brings new excitement in his life and he achieves some big feats both on and off the cricket field. Angelo Mathews: The only shining star amidst gloom surrounding Sri Lankan cricket

His presence on the field is marked by his unflappability, his ability to gauge situations and absorb pressure. He reached new heights in his batting in the last year, with impressive performances and statistics in Tests and ODIs, and has grown into a strong leader of the national team. He is known for his Dhoni-like ability to stem the batting slide of this team and finish chases. His single-handed steer of Sri Lanka to a famous win in Melbourne in 2010, with significant stands with the tail, stands as a definition of what he is capable of. READ: Angelo Mathews has become Sri Lanka’s most dependable batsman after taking Test captaincy

His maturity on the cricket field, and his talent as a player helped him climb the steps to become the youngest Test captain at 25. He rejuvenated Sri Lanka in 2015 World Cup to enable them to go out with some fighting performances, to add respect to the outgoing stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.