Just days ahead of the home Test series against India, spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan got the confidence booster as he was chosen for Sri Lanka's 'Most Outstanding Sportsman of the Year award'.
President Mahinda Rajapakse honoured Muralitharan the award at a glittering function in Colombo on Wednesday night. A beaming Muralitharan thanked the President after receiving the award.
Averaging more than six wickets per Test in his 16 years of international cricket, Muralitharan is one of the most successful bowlers in the history of the game.
He surpassed long time Australian rival Shane Warne's record 708 wickets in December last year on his home turf of Kandy to become the highest Test wicket taker and has now 735 scalps to his name from 120 matches.