Picture of Nuwan Kulasekara

Nuwan Kulasekara

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
Sri Lanka, Basnahira North, Sri Lankan Board XI, Colts Cricket Club, Galle Cricket Club, Kandurata, Sri Lanka Emerging Players, North Central Province, Sri Lanka A, Young Sri Lanka, Chennai, Combined Provinces, Nagenahira Nagas, Rest of Sri Lanka, Kandurata Maroons
Roles played:
Bowler
ICC Rank:
Batting:
0
Bowling:
43
Batting:
0
Bowling:
28
Batting:
0
Bowling:
8
Home country:
Sri Lanka
Born:
July 22, 1982, Nittambuwa

Profile

He may be short in stature and may also lack the built of a fast bowler, but Nuwan Kulasekara, with his nagging line and length and an ability to swing the ball both ways, is a more than capable medium pace bowler.

Kulasekara played for Nugegoda Cricket Club for four years before making his first-class debut for Galle Cricket Club in the 2002 season. He had a bright start to his first-class career as in just his first season, he won the best bowler award in the 2002-03 domestic competition, scalping 61 wickets, he grabbed three five-wicket hauls, including one 10-wicket haul. The Sri Lankan selectors took notice of his domestic performances and he was rewarded with a place in the ODI squad for the home series against England in 2003. He had an excellent debut against England picking up two wickets. But things went downhill from there on and after an unimpressive Test debut against New Zealand in 2005 he was dropped from both Test and ODI squads. His comeback wasn't a fairy-tale though. Only after a handful of games he was dropped again but with the World Cup around the corner, the selectors gave him another chance and with impressive performances he earned his place in Sri Lanka's 2007 World Cup squad.

Dropped in the aftermath of the World Cup, he staged a brilliant comeback, taking 47 wickets in 11 months since April 2008 which propelled him to the number one spot in the ICC ODI rankings in 2009. In 2011, he was selected to represent Chennai in the Champions League T20 in place of injured Tim Southee. In 2013 a splendid spell of swing saw him scalp his first ODI five-for as he decimated the Australian top-order with consummate ease in Brisbane. Not only with the ball but he has also developed as a handy lower-order batsman. With his big hitting abilities, he can play the pinch-hitter's role too which he exhibited successfully in the 2013 Champions Trophy match against England, blasting 58 from 38 balls to power Sri Lanka to a victory along with Sangakkara.

Kulasekara is a whole-hearted bowler who is forever eager to offer his services whenever the captain needs him. Along with the traditional swing, he can reverse swing the old ball and with his nagging accuracy, he is a dangerous proposition for any opposition. Since his debut, Kulasekara has grown leaps and bounds. Consistent performances have made sure that he is an integral part of the Test as well as the limited overs side.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 20 26 381 1 15.24 42.52 0 1 64
ODI 147 95 1064 29 16.12 81.34 0 3 73
T20 40 19 139 5 9.92 118.80 0 0 31
IPL 6 1 5 1 - 166.66 0 0 5*
CLT20 1 1 18 0 18 150 0 0 18
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 20 36 3345 1646 46 4/21 / 35.78 2.95 3 0 0 33
ODI 147 145 6791 5307 161 5/22 / 32.96 4.68 3 1 0 133
T20 40 40 835 1001 45 4/32 / 22.24 7.19 1 0 0 34
IPL 6 5 102 120 5 2/10 / 24 7.05 0 0 0 5
CLT20 1 1 24 23 1 1/23 / 23 5.75 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 8 0 2
ODI 33 0 11
T20 12 0 4
IPL 4 0 0

Career

Span:
Test:
2005-2013
 
ODI:
2003-2014
 
T20:
2008-2014
 
IPL:
2011-2012
 
CLT20:
2011-2011
Test
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand at McLean Park, Napier - Apr 04, 2005
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo - Mar 16, 2013
ODI
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs England at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Rangiri - Nov 18, 2003
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Feb 17, 2014
T20
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan at Maple Leaf (North-West Ground), King City, Ontario - Oct 11, 2008
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs India at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 06, 2014
IPL
Debut:
Chennai Vs Pune at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai - Apr 27, 2011
Last played:
Chennai Vs Punjab at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Apr 28, 2012
CLT20
Debut:
Chennai Vs New South Wales at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Oct 04, 2011
Last played:
Chennai Vs New South Wales at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Oct 04, 2011
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