Nuwan Kulasekara

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Nuwan Kulasekara
නුවන් කුලසේකර
Personal information
Full name Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara
Born (1982-07-22) 22 July 1982 (age 34)
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 5 January 2016 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 92
T20I debut (cap 25) 11 October 2008 v Pakistan
Last T20I 17 March 2016 v Afghanistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
2002–2004 Galle Cricket Club
2004–2011 Colts Cricket Club
2011–2012 Chennai Super Kings
2015-present Comilla Victorians
Career statistics
Competition Test ODIs T20I List A
Matches 21 173 49 262
Runs scored 391 1,273 186 1,821
Batting average 14.48 15.71 9.78 16.26
100s/50s 0/1 0/4 0/0 0/5
Top score 64 73 31 84
Balls bowled 3,567 7,810 1045 11,817
Wickets 48 186 56 324
Bowling average 37.37 34.08 22.55 27.97
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/21 5/22 4/32 5/22
Catches/stumpings 8/– 43/– 17/– 65/–
Source: Cricinfo, 17 March 2016

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 generally considered as a useful and effective medium pace bowler, who can swing the ball in first few overs, and also can bat. In June 2016 he announced his retirement from Test cricket.[1]

International debut[edit]

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 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.

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. 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.

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 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 performances[edit]

One Day International half-centuries[edit]

ODI half-centuries of Nuwan Kulasekara
Runs Balls Against City/country Venue Year
[1] 57* 56  New Zealand Johannesburg, South Africa New Wanderers Stadium 2009
[2] 73 43  Australia Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground 2012
[3] 58* 38  England London, England Kennington Oval 2013
[4] 58 169  New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Hagley Oval 2015

International five-wicket hauls[edit]

ODI 5 wicket hauls[edit]

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

International Awards[edit]

Test Cricket[edit]

Player of the Series awards[edit]

  • In this table Ct., refers to the Catches.
S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series 2009 75 runs ; 17 wickets (3 Matches).  Sri Lanka Won the series 2–0[2]

Man of the match awards[edit]

  • In this table Ct., refers to the Catches.
S No Series Season Match Performance Result
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[3]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Player of the series awards[edit]

S No Opponent Season Match Performance Result
1 Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia 2012 (5 Matches) 32 runs & 11 wickets. Drawn as 2-2.[4]

One Day Internationals - Man of the Match awards[edit]

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.[5]
2 India Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka 13 January 2010 DNB; 10-0-48-4  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.[6]
3 India The Gabba, Brisbane 21 February 2012 DNB; 9-0-40-3. 2 ct.  Sri Lanka won by 51 runs.[7]
4 Australia The Gabba, Brisbane 18 January 2013 DNB; 10-2-22-5.  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.[8]
5 Australia Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 20 January 2013 DNB; 10-2-30-3. 1 ct. No result.[9]

Twenty20 International Cricket[edit]

Man of the series awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2014 33 runs & 4 wickets (2 matches)  Sri Lanka won the series 2-0.

Twenty20 International Cricket – Man of the match awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 New Zealand and Sri Lanka in United States 2010 DNB ; 3-1-4-3.  Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.[10]


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