Nuwan Kulasekara      

Full name Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara

Born July 22, 1982, Nittambuwa

Current age 32 years 43 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 157 104 32 1120 73 15.55 1378 81.27 0 3 80 30 39 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 244 159 56 1722 84 16.71 2269 75.89 0 5 60 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 157 155 7174 5673 168 5/22 5/22 33.76 4.74 42.7 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 244 10995 8284 299 5/22 5/22 27.70 4.52 36.7 9 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 Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Hambantota, Aug 26, 2014 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 Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Hambantota, Aug 26, 2014 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
5*, 0/23 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Hambantota 26 Aug 2014 ODI # 3515
3*, 0/56 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Hambantota 23 Aug 2014 ODI # 3512
0, 0/39 Sri Lanka v South Africa Pallekele 9 Jul 2014 ODI # 3501
0/26, 1 Sri Lanka v South Africa Colombo (RPS) 6 Jul 2014 ODI # 3500
1/41, 2 Rulers v Express Colombo (SSC) 2 Jul 2014 T20
1/83, 9, 1/65, 1 Sri Lanka v England Lord's 12 Jun 2014 Test # 2124
0/22 Sri Lanka v England Birmingham 3 Jun 2014 ODI # 3496
0, 0/81 Sri Lanka v England Lord's 31 May 2014 ODI # 3495
5, 0/14 Sri Lanka v England Manchester 28 May 2014 ODI # 3494
0, 3/15 Sri Lanka v England Chester-le-Street 25 May 2014 ODI # 3493
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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Jun 16, 2014

Stuart Broad trapped Nuwan Kulasekara lbw, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day, June 16, 2014

Stuart Broad trapped Nuwan Kulasekara lbw

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Jun 15, 2014

Nuwan Kulasekara celebrates removing Matt Prior, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day, June 15, 2014

Nuwan Kulasekara celebrates removing Matt Prior

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May 31, 2014

Nuwan Kulasekara was bowled by Chris Jordan, England v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Lord's, May 31, 2014

Nuwan Kulasekara was bowled by Chris Jordan

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Tour Results
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Pallekele - Mar 31, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 17 runs
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Pallekele - Mar 28, 2013
Bangladesh won by 3 wickets (with 6 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Hambantota - Mar 25, 2013
No result
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Hambantota - Mar 23, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 32 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS) - Mar 16-19, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
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