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Nuwan Kulasekara

Nuwan Kulasekara
Full name Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara
Born July 22, 1982, Nittambuwa
Current age 36
Major team Sri Lanka
Batting style Right Handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast medium
ODI Debut November 18, 2003 v England at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Rangiri

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.

Batting and Fielding Averages

MatInnsNoRunsHSAveBFSR100504s6sCtSt
Tests212813916414.4893042.040147880
ODIS1841233713277315.43162981.46049539460
T20IS583092153110.23184116.8400147170
First-class871142216849518.30--05--350
List A2841876420188416.40260077.610614460720
Twenty2010755183923110.59323121.36002416370

Bowling Averages

MatInnsBallsRunsWktsAveEconSR4w5w10
Tests21 38356717944837.37 3.0174.31300
ODIS184 1818263675119933.92 4.9041.52410
T20IS58 58123115306623.18 7.4518.65200
First-class87 15212461658527224.20 3.1745.811191
List A284 27812720991234928.40 4.6736.441120
Twenty20107 1062255274512122.68 7.3018.63400

Split by Team in Tests

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
Australia12 03216.0042.662300104450
Bangladesh21 02222.0029.332200006175
England36 010617.6646.4964010075102
India34 13712.3328.241900305372
New Zealand45 05010.0042.01180030114.52610
Pakistan79 012714.1151.00380010235.46028
West Indies11 01717.0032.071700001151

Split by Team in ODIs

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
Australia2920 423514.6892.51730150238.41534
Bangladesh1510 4406.6680.0018*002092.3818
England1310 210713.3787.7058*016096.5811
India3728 1230519.0678.6039*00140314.11042
New Zealand2415 522822.8084.13580220150.11127
Pakistan2217 516713.9159.01320070177.52124
South Africa1512 01028.5087.17400040106.125
West Indies94 13311.00113.7916000070.5614
Zimbabwe143 163.0060.0050050881415
Canada11 17-233.337*0000623
Ireland21 142-123.5242*00001562
Kenya10 0-0.000000911
Scotland11 118-105.8818*0010703
United Arab Emirates11 03737.0072.54370000520

Split by Team in T20Is

MatInnsBARUBAAVSRHSHUFICTSTOVMADWIER
Australia73 12412.00114.281200002608
Bangladesh54 13511.66116.663100202006
England42 210-125.009*00201517
India42 12323.00121.051300301404
New Zealand95 0346.80103.0314005032112
Pakistan95 182.0047.056*003032.219
South Africa73 21717.00121.4210000021010
West Indies73 03712.33137.0326002023.503
Zimbabwe10 0-0.000000300
Canada11 119-316.6619*0000401
Ireland11 011.0050.0010000401
Netherlands10 0-0.000000221
United Arab Emirates11 077.00100.0070000413
Afghanistan10 0-0.000000401

Last 5 Matches in Tests

  • Batting
  • 9(23) v England on June 12, 2014
  • 1(11) v England on June 12, 2014
  • 22(75) v Bangladesh on March 16, 2013
  • DNB v Bangladesh on March 16, 2013
  • DNB v Bangladesh on March 8, 2013
  • DNB v Bangladesh on March 8, 2013
  • 23(42) v Australia on December 14, 2012
  • 9(33) v Australia on December 14, 2012
  • 6(9) v New Zealand on November 25, 2012
  • 18(40) v New Zealand on November 25, 2012
  • Bowling
  • 1/83 vs England on June 12, 2014
  • 1/65 vs England on June 12, 2014
  • 3/54 vs Bangladesh on March 16, 2013
  • 0/36 vs Bangladesh on March 16, 2013
  • 2/94 vs Bangladesh on March 8, 2013
  • 0/6 vs Bangladesh on March 8, 2013
  • 0/80 vs Australia on December 14, 2012
  • 0/24 vs Australia on December 14, 2012
  • 1/76 vs New Zealand on November 25, 2012
  • 2/47 vs New Zealand on November 25, 2012

Last 5 Matches in ODIs

  • Batting
  • 5(5) v Zimbabwe on July 10, 2017
  • 1*(1) v Bangladesh on April 1, 2017
  • 2*(2) v Bangladesh on March 28, 2017
  • 1(2) v South Africa on February 7, 2017
  • 12(20) v South Africa on February 1, 2017
  • Bowling
  • 0/25 vs Zimbabwe on July 10, 2017
  • 4/37 vs Bangladesh on April 1, 2017
  • DNB vs Bangladesh on March 28, 2017
  • 0/74 vs South Africa on February 7, 2017
  • 1/76 vs South Africa on February 1, 2017

Last 5 Matches in T20Is

  • Batting
  • 2*(5) v Bangladesh on April 6, 2017
  • DNB v Bangladesh on April 4, 2017
  • 8*(7) v Australia on February 22, 2017
  • 12(8) v Australia on February 19, 2017
  • DNB v Australia on February 17, 2017
  • Bowling
  • 1/30 vs Bangladesh on April 6, 2017
  • 0/44 vs Bangladesh on April 4, 2017
  • 0/40 vs Australia on February 22, 2017
  • 4/31 vs Australia on February 19, 2017
  • 0/38 vs Australia on February 17, 2017

Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 India 5007 116
2 South Africa 4280 110
3 New Zealand 3213 107
4 Australia 4566 104
5 England 5490 104
FULL Ranking