Nuwan Kulasekara

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Nuwan Kulasekara
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Personal information
Full name Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara
Born (1982-07-22) 22 July 1982 (age 32)
Nittambuwa, Sri Lanka
Nickname Kule
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
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. 92
Domestic team information
Years Team
2002–2004 Galle Cricket Club
2004–2011 Colts Cricket Club
2011–present Chennai Super Kings
Career statistics
Competition Test ODIs FC List A
Matches 20 144 83 224
Runs scored 381 1,062 1,571 1,584
Batting average 15.24 16.85 17.85 17.40
100s/50s 0/1 0/3 0/4 0/5
Top score 64 73 95 84
Balls bowled 3,345 6,671 12,011 10,246
Wickets 46 160 264 279
Bowling average 35.78 32.33 23.94 27.18
5 wickets in innings 0 1 9 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 4/21 5/22 7/27 5/22
Catches/stumpings 8/– 33/– 32/– 54/–
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 made his Test cricket debut against New Zealand at Napier on 4 April 2005. He took only one wicket, and scored a duck, as the match was drawn.

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.

IPL 2011[edit]

Kulasekara joined the Chennai Super Kings for a price of $100,000 to play for their team in the IPL 2011.

Bowling style[edit]

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.

Break through[edit]

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.

International perfomances[edit]

ODI 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/22 129  Australia The Gabba Brisbane Australia 2013

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