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Nuwan Kulasekara      

Full name Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara

Born July 22, 1982, Nittambuwa

Current age 31 years 276 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Bandaranayake College Gampha, Basnahira North, Chennai Super Kings, Colts Cricket Club, Combined Provinces, Galle Cricket Club, Kandurata Maroons

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 20 26 1 381 64 15.24 896 42.52 0 1 45 8 8 0
ODIs 147 95 29 1064 73 16.12 1308 81.34 0 3 77 28 33 0
T20Is 40 19 5 139 31 9.92 117 118.80 0 0 7 6 12 0
First-class 86 112 22 1674 95 18.60 0 5 35 0
List A 233 149 52 1661 84 17.12 2197 75.60 0 5 54 0
Twenty20 72 40 13 313 31 11.59 249 125.70 0 0 17 15 27 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 20 36 3345 1646 46 4/21 8/58 35.78 2.95 72.7 3 0 0
ODIs 147 145 6791 5307 161 5/22 5/22 32.96 4.68 42.1 3 1 0
T20Is 40 40 835 1001 45 4/32 4/32 22.24 7.19 18.5 1 0 0
First-class 86 12239 6437 270 7/27 23.84 3.15 45.3 11 9 1
List A 233 10588 7907 291 5/22 5/22 27.17 4.48 36.3 9 2 0
Twenty20 72 71 1513 1844 79 4/32 4/32 23.34 7.31 19.1 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Napier, Apr 4-8, 2005 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS), Mar 16-19, 2013 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v England at Dambulla, Nov 18, 2003 scorecard
Last ODI Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Feb 17, 2014 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut Pakistan v Sri Lanka at King City (NW), Oct 11, 2008 scorecard
Last T20I India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Apr 6, 2014 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut 2001/02
Last First-class Nondescripts Cricket Club v Colts Cricket Club at Colombo (NCC), Jan 31-Feb 2, 2014 scorecard
List A debut 2002/03
Last List A Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Feb 17, 2014 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Colts Cricket Club v Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club at Colombo (Moors), Aug 17, 2004 scorecard
Last Twenty20 India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Apr 6, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/29 Sri Lanka v India Dhaka 6 Apr 2014 T20I # 400
1/22 Sri Lanka v West Indies Dhaka 3 Apr 2014 T20I # 398
0, 0/15 Sri Lanka v New Zealand Chittagong 31 Mar 2014 T20I # 395
4/32 Sri Lanka v England Chittagong 27 Mar 2014 T20I # 387
1/0 Sri Lanka v Netherlands Chittagong 24 Mar 2014 T20I # 384
7*, 1/23 Sri Lanka v South Africa Chittagong 22 Mar 2014 T20I # 379
0/38, 14 Sri Lanka v West Indies Dhaka 19 Mar 2014 Other T20
21*, 2/37 Sri Lanka v India Dhaka 17 Mar 2014 Other T20
0, 0/38 Sri Lanka v Bangladesh Dhaka 17 Feb 2014 ODI # 3469
2/32, 2 Sri Lanka v Bangladesh Chittagong 14 Feb 2014 T20I # 358
Profile

Kulasekara made an instant impression in his first ODI, against England at Dambulla in November 2003, after being selected from relative obscurity. From a bustling run-up and whippy open-chested action, he generates a lively pace, moves the ball off the seam and can reverse-swing the ball. Most importantly though, he can maintain a tight line and length. He started his career as a softball enthusiast before he shifted his focus to cricket, joining Nugegoda Cricket Club and then Galle Cricket Club. He also won the best bowler award in the 2002-03 domestic competition. A maiden test fifty against England at Lord's in 2006 showed his natural batting abilities in the lower order. But his bowling during the same tour lacked penetration and he dropped out of the squad for eight months. However, having worked hard on his action and gaining an extra yard of pace, he secured a place in Sri Lanka's World Cup squad. He rose to become one of Sri Lanka's strike bowlers, and in a 11-month period starting April 2008, he took 47 wickets. That helped him jump to the top of the ICC ODI rankings the following March.
Charlie Austin March 2009

Latest Articles
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Apr 6, 2014

Nuwan Kulasekara dismissed Yuvraj Singh for 11, India v Sri Lanka, final, World T20, Mirpur, April 6, 2014

Nuwan Kulasekara dismissed Yuvraj Singh for 11

© ICC

Mar 26, 2014

Mysterious turn: Nuwan Kulasekara watches Ajantha Mendis twist his shoulders, Chittagong, March 26, 2014

Mysterious turn: Nuwan Kulasekara watches Ajantha Mendis twist his shoulders

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Mar 24, 2014

Nuwan Kulasekara got the first breakthrough for Sri Lanka, Netherlands v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group 1, March 24, 2014

Nuwan Kulasekara got the first breakthrough for Sri Lanka

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Tournament Results
Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 11, 2007
England won by 34 runs (D/L method)
Australia v England at Melbourne - Feb 9, 2007
England won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
England v New Zealand at Brisbane - Feb 6, 2007
England won by 14 runs
Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne - Feb 4, 2007
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 2, 2007
England won by 92 runs
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