Nuwan Kulasekara      

Full name Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara

Born July 22, 1982, Nittambuwa

Current age 32 years 194 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 21 28 1 391 64 14.48 930 42.04 0 1 47 8 8 0
ODIs 165 110 34 1152 73 15.15 1419 81.18 0 3 80 31 40 0
T20Is 41 20 6 148 31 10.57 122 121.31 0 0 8 6 13 0
First-class 87 114 22 1684 95 18.30 0 5 35 0
List A 259 169 59 1793 84 16.30 2359 76.00 0 5 63 0
Twenty20 74 42 14 324 31 11.57 256 126.56 0 0 18 15 28 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 21 38 3567 1794 48 4/21 8/58 37.37 3.01 74.3 3 0 0
ODIs 165 163 7588 6094 178 5/22 5/22 34.23 4.81 42.6 3 1 0
T20Is 41 41 859 1040 46 4/32 4/32 22.60 7.26 18.6 1 0 0
First-class 87 12461 6585 272 7/27 24.20 3.17 45.8 11 9 1
List A 259 11721 8952 320 5/22 5/22 27.97 4.58 36.6 10 2 0
Twenty20 74 73 1561 1924 81 4/32 4/32 23.75 7.39 19.2 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Napier, Apr 4-8, 2005 scorecard
Last Test England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jun 12-16, 2014 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v England at Dambulla, Nov 18, 2003 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Jan 29, 2015 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut Pakistan v Sri Lanka at King City (NW), Oct 11, 2008 scorecard
Last T20I England v Sri Lanka at The Oval, May 20, 2014 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut 2001/02
Last First-class England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jun 12-16, 2014 scorecard
List A debut 2002/03
Last List A New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Jan 29, 2015 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Colts Cricket Club v Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club at Colombo (Moors), Aug 17, 2004 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Udarata Rulers v Southern Express at Colombo (SSC), Jul 2, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
12*, 2/55 Sri Lanka v New Zealand Wellington 29 Jan 2015 ODI # 3594
2/71, 3 Sri Lanka v New Zealand Dunedin 23 Jan 2015 ODI # 3588
4, 1/51 Sri Lanka v New Zealand Nelson 20 Jan 2015 ODI # 3585
0/35 Sri Lanka v New Zealand Auckland 17 Jan 2015 ODI # 3580
1/40 Sri Lanka v New Zealand Hamilton 15 Jan 2015 ODI # 3577
6*, 2/43 Sri Lanka v New Zealand Christchurch 11 Jan 2015 ODI # 3574
22, 4/30 Colts v Sinhalese Colombo (RPS) 21 Dec 2014 LA
1/33 Colts v Ragama Colombo (RPS) 18 Dec 2014 LA
10, 0/16 Colts v SL Air SC Colombo (Colts) 16 Dec 2014 LA
1/65, 6 Colts v Moors Colombo (Colts) 14 Dec 2014 LA
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

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Jan 23, 2015

Nuwan Kulasekara had Martin Guptill caught behind first ball , New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Dunedin, January 23, 2015

Nuwan Kulasekara had Martin Guptill caught behind first ball

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Jan 20, 2015

Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara celebrate the fall of Brendon McCullum, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Nelson, January 20, 2015

Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara celebrate the fall of Brendon McCullum

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Jan 17, 2015

Nuwan Kulasekara is congratulated after taking a catch, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Auckland, January 17, 2015

Nuwan Kulasekara is congratulated after taking a catch

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Tournament Results
Uva Next v Nagenahira at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 31, 2012
Uva Next won by 19 runs (D/L method)
Nagenahira v K Warriors at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 29, 2012
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Wayamba U v Uva Next at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 28, 2012
Uva Next won by 20 runs
Uva Next v Nagenahira at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 27, 2012
Nagenahira won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Ruhuna Ryls v Wayamba U at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 26, 2012
Wayamba U won by 14 runs
Nagenahira v Uthura at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 26, 2012
Uthura won by 15 runs
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