Mitchell Johnson played alongside Sachin Tendulkar in IPL for Mumbai Indians    Getty Images
Mitchell Johnson played alongside Sachin Tendulkar in IPL for Mumbai Indians Getty Images

On November 2 of 2016, former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson turns 35. He made his international debut against New Zealand in a One-Day International (ODI) game in 2005. From there on, there was no looking back for him as he kept rising as among the most important part of the Australian side across the formats. His best performance from his career came during 2013-14 Ashes series, where he runs through the English side in all five Tests. He scalped 37 wickets in that series and surpassed Alan Davidson tally of most wickets (34 wickets) in a single Ashes series. Beside cricket, Johnson loved playing Tennis and was offered an opportunity to pursue his career in that sport but he turned it down and focused more on cricket. ALSO READ: 11 interesting statistical milestones from Mitchell Johson’s career

Johnson was hand-picked by legendary Australian pacer Dennis Lillee, who identified him when he was just 17 while attending a fast-bowling clinic in Brisbane. Apart from pace bowling, Johnson is also known to be a hard-hitter of the ball when it comes to bat. He has scored one century in Tests and two fifties in ODIs. He is among those Australian cricketer who was part of two Word Cup winning team of Australia and overall, he has played in three World Cup tournaments. Throughout his illustrious career, Johnson played 73 Tests, 153 ODIs and 30 T20Is, out of which he amassed 313 wickets in Tests, 239 wickets in ODIs and 38 wickets in T20Is. He was also the part of Indian Premier League and played for two teams Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kings XI Punjab.

While playing for MI, he got the chance to share the dressing with legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who has wished him on his 35th birthday through his official Twitter account. Apart from Tendulkar’s tweet, there were plenty from fans as well and we present some of those.

Johnson retired from international cricket on November 17, 2015 during the Trans-Tasman Trophy. Well, his current working status is unknown but going by the rumours, he may come back to the Australian as bowling consultant or bowling coach.