Nuwan Zoysa

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Nuwan Zoysa
Personal information
Full name Demuni Nuwan Tharanga Zoysa
Born (1978-05-13) 13 May 1978 (age 38)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 66) 7–10 March 1997 v New Zealand
Last Test 9–13 July 2004 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 88) 25 March 1997 v New Zealand
Last ODI 8 February 2007 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996/97-2010/11 Sinhalese Sports Club
2007/08 Deccan Chargers
2008/09-2009/10 Basnahira South
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 20 95
Runs scored 288 343
Batting average 8.47 13.19
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 28* 47*
Balls bowled 4422 4259
Wickets 64 108
Bowling average 33.70 29.75
5 wickets in innings 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 5/20 5/26
Catches/stumpings 4/- 13/-
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 16 September 2015

Demuni Nuwan Tharanga Zoysa is a former professional Sri Lankan cricketer. He was a lanky left-arm seam bowler, who played 30 Tests and 95 ODIs for Sri Lanka. Nuwan was educated at Isipathana College, Colombo.[1]


In his eighth Test, Zoysa became the first player in the history to take a hat-trick off his first three balls of a Test match. He achieved this against Zimbabwe at Harare in November 1999, dismissing Trevor Gripper, Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson.

International career[edit]

Zoysa made his first class debut in 1996/97 and during his first season he took his career best figures of 7 for 58, playing for Sinhalese Sports Club. He made his Test debut soon after in Dunedin against New Zealand. He has gone on to take over 100 ODI wickets for Sri Lanka, the ninth to have achieved the milestone.

An aggressive lower order batsman, Zoysa once won an ODI game against Australia with an unbeaten 47. He was also bought by the Deccan Chargers Franchise in the IPL but he was removed from the team for his poor performances.

Zoysa's golden era in international cricket came during 2004 season, where he was the main strike bowler accompany with Chaminda Vaas. He performed well in bat and ball in numerous occasions, enable to win many bilateral, tri-series and ICC major tournaments. His highest ODI score came against Australia. He has single Test and ODI fifer each as well.


Nuwan Zoysa was appointed to the National Fast Bowling Coaching Department of Sri Lanka Cricket on 1 October 2015 prior to which he has worked in India with Goa Cricket Association and with Royal College & Nondiscripts as Fast Bowling Coach before joining SLC.[2]

International records[edit]

Test 5-Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/20 27  Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club Harare Zimbabwe 2001

ODI 5-Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/26 80  South Africa R Premadasa Stadium Colombo Sri Lanka 2004

International Awards[edit]

ODI Awards[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan Galle Stadium 5 July 2000 9–2–34–4 ; DNB  Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.[3]
2 Australia SSC Ground 29 February 2004 10–3–34–3 ; 47* (42 balls: 5x4, 2x6)  Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.[4]
3 India Rangiri Dambulla Stadium 18 July 2004 DNB ; 10-2-49-3  Sri Lanka won by 12 runs.[5]
4 Pakistan R. Premadasa Stadium 21 July 2004 10–0–29–3; DNB  Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.[6]
5 South Africa R. Premadasa Stadium 28 August 2004 6 (8 balls); 8–0–26–5  Sri Lanka won by 37 runs.[7]


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