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|Full name||Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara|
22 July 1982 |
Nittambuwa, Sri Lanka
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Bowling style||Right arm fast-medium|
|Test debut (cap 100)||4 April 2005 v New Zealand|
|Last Test||16 March 2013 v Bangladesh|
|ODI debut (cap 118)||18 November 2003 v England|
|Last ODI||29 January 2015 v New Zealand|
|ODI shirt no.||92|
|Domestic team information|
|2002–2004||Galle Cricket Club|
|2004–2011||Colts Cricket Club|
|2011–present||Chennai Super Kings|
|Source: Cricinfo, 29 January 2015|
Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara, නුවන් කුලසේකර (born 22 July 1982 in Nittambuwa) is a Sri Lankan cricketer. He was educated at the Bandaranayake College, Gampaha. He is principally a fast-medium bowler.
Kulasekera made his One Day International debut against England at Dambulla on 18 November 2003. He took 2–19 as England were bowled out for 88, and Sri Lanka took less than 14 overs to win by 10 wickets.
He scored his first Test fifty against England in the 1st Test at Lord's in May 2006, batting out much of the fifth day to save the match.
He was the No. 1 ranked ODI bowler for a few months in 2009 when he reached his highest ratings (727).
He is currently ranked in sixth place of bowling both in the world ODI and T20I formats due to his ability to swing the ball both in and out.
He picked up his first five wicket haul in 3rd ODI against Australia at Brisbane on 18 January 2013. He recorded his best bowling figures 5/22 in this match.
- 1 IPL 2011
- 2 Bowling style
- 3 Break through
- 4 Batting
- 5 International performances
- 5.1 One Day International half-centuries
- 5.2 ODI 5 wicket hauls
- 5.3 Test Cricket – Man of the Series awards
- 5.4 Test Cricket – Man of the match awards
- 5.5 One-Day International Cricket – Man of the series awards
- 5.6 One Day Internationals - Man of the Match awards
- 5.7 Twenty20 International Cricket – Man of the series awards
- 5.8 Twenty20 International Cricket – Man of the match awards
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Kulasekara joined the Chennai Super Kings for a price of $100,000 to play for their team in the IPL 2011.
Kulasekara, who hustles in from a long run – up, has a lovely smooth action which helps him to hurl the ball at a lively pace, getting enough seam movement both ways to trouble the batsman . He skills lie in his ability to produce inswing and he is well known for his moderate nature to the batsmen, seldom being overly aggressive. He is regarded as one of the best swing bowlers currently playing cricket.
He came of age in the year 2008, when he took 47 wickets – which propelled him to the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers. The retirement of Chaminda Vaas and the inconsistency of Lasith Malinga proved to be a boon for Kulasekara as he leapfrogged them to emerge as the strike bowler of the Lankan side.
Kulasekara has often played some late order cameos in the shorter format of the game and employs a daring approach with the willow at the crease. A sturdy batsman, he has proved to be quite a tough man to dislodge in the Test format . In ODI's, he is occasionally sent in as a pinch hitter for Sri Lanka, notably with a score of 58* in the 2013 Champions Trophy to assist Kumar Sangakkara in beating England, in the second group game.
One Day International half-centuries
|ODI half-centuries of Nuwan Kulasekara|
|||57*||56||New Zealand||Johannesburg, South Africa||New Wanderers Stadium||2009|
|||73||43||Australia||Brisbane, Australia||Brisbane Cricket Ground||2012|
|||58*||38||England||London, England||Kennington Oval||2013|
ODI 5 wicket hauls
Test Cricket – Man of the Series awards
- In this table Ct., refers to the Catches.
|1||Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series||2009||75 runs ; 17 wickets (3 Matches).||Sri Lanka Won the series 2–0|
Test Cricket – Man of the match awards
- In this table Ct., refers to the Catches.
|1||2nd Test – Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series||2009||1st Innings – 11 ; 4/21. 2nd Innings - DNB ; 4/37.||Sri Lanka Won by 7 wickets|
One-Day International Cricket – Man of the series awards
|1||Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia||2012||(5 Matches) 32 runs & 11 wickets.||Drawn as 2-2.|
One Day Internationals - Man of the Match awards
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||India||R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||29 August 2008||9–2–40–4; DNB. 1 ct.||Sri Lanka won by 112 wickets.|
|2||India||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka||13 January 2010||DNB; 10-0-48-4||Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.|
|3||India||The Gabba, Brisbane||21 February 2012||DNB; 9-0-40-3. 2 ct.||Sri Lanka won by 51 runs.|
|4||Australia||The Gabba, Brisbane||18 January 2013||DNB; 10-2-22-5.||Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.|
|5||Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||20 January 2013||DNB; 10-2-30-3. 1 ct.||No result.|
Twenty20 International Cricket – Man of the series awards
|1||Sri Lanka in Bangladesh||2014||(2 matches) 33 runs & 4 wickets.||won as 2-0.|
Twenty20 International Cricket – Man of the match awards
|1||New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Central Broward Regional Park in USA||23 May 2010||3-1-4-3.||won by 7 wickets.|
- "Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test series 2009 – Scorecard of 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- Player profile: Nuwan Kulasekara from ESPNcricinfo
- Player profile: Nuwan Kulasekara from CricketArchive