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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||7–8 July 2013 v West Indies|
|ODI shirt no.||55|
|Domestic team information|
|2002–2004||Galle Cricket Club|
|2004–2011||Colts Cricket Club|
|2011–present||Chennai Super Kings|
|Source: Cricinfo, 7–8 July 2013|
Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara (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.
Kululasekera 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.
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. Best swing bowler in the world.
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.
- Player profile: Nuwan Kulasekara from ESPNcricinfo
- Player profile: Nuwan Kulasekara from CricketArchive