Nilesh Kulkarni

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Nilesh Kulkarni
Personal information
Born (1973-04-03) 3 April 1973 (age 51)
Dombivli, Maharashtra, India
Height193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
BowlingSlow left arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 212)2 August 1997 v Sri Lanka
Last Test18 March 2001 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 105)26 July 1997 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI28 May 1998 v Kenya
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 3 10
Runs scored 5 11
Batting average 5.00 5.50
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 4 5*
Balls bowled 738 402
Wickets 2 11
Bowling average 166.00 32.45
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/70 3/27
Catches/stumpings 1/– 2/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  India
ACC Asia Cup
Runner-up 1997 Sri Lanka
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 4 October 2018

Nilesh Moreshwar Kulkarni pronunciation (born 3 April 1973) is a former Indian cricketer. He is a slow left-arm bowler and left-handed lower order batsman who stood large at 6 ft 4 inches (193 cm).

Kulkarni was one of the many Mumbai players that got picked for India during Sachin Tendulkar's tenure as captain. Kulkarni wrote himself into cricketing history by taking a wicket with the very first ball that he bowled in Test cricket, becoming the first Indian bowler, and the twelfth bowler overall, to do so.[1] This was in the Test at Colombo against Sri Lanka in 1997–98. He took the wicket of Marvan Attapattu of his very first delivery in Test cricket. However Sri Lanka went on to score excess of 900 runs in that game which was a world record at the time.[2]

Kulkarni has spent all his first-class career with Mumbai taking over 300 wickets with best figures of 7/60 against Andhra in 2004. Kulkarni played for Old Hamptonians CC in the Surrey Championship in the UK during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Kulkarni retired From International & First Class Cricket on 28 July 2010.

Kulkarni is the Founder Director of International Institute of Sports Management, a Sports Management institute in Mumbai. IISM was the proud recipient of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar 2020 conferred by the Hon. President of India Ram Nath Kovindji.

Member of CII's SPORTSCOM Industry Confederation


  1. ^ "6, 6, 6, 6". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  2. ^ "India in Sri Lanka (1997): Scorecard of first Test"। ESPNcricinfo। Retrieved: 26 April, 2017।

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