Matches (17)
WPL (2)
PSL 2024 (2)
AFG v IRE (1)
Nepal Tri-Nation (2)
Ranji Trophy (4)
Durham in ZIM (1)
BPL 2024 (1)
CWC Play-off (3)
WCL 2 (1)

Full Name

Nilesh Moreshwar Kulkarni

Born

April 03, 1973, Dombivli, Maharashtra

Age

50y 330d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Slow Left arm Orthodox

This tall (6'4") and lanky player from Dombivili, a suburb in Mumbai, etched a name for himself in the history books by taking a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket. This was against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 1997-98. He is the only Indian bowler to achieve this feat and the 12th bowler in the history of the game. He sent down 70 overs but amazingly enough that was the only Test wicket he took for he had the misfortune to bowl when the Sri Lankan batsmen set several records in running up the highest total in Tests. He played in one more Test at home against Sri Lanka and was recalled in 2001 against Australia in Chennai, his last game for India. He however played in a few one-dayers. With a smooth and easy action, Kulkarni has been fairly successful in the domestic circuit. Since making his debut for Mumbai in 1994-95, he has been one of the side's most successful bowlers. His best bowling figures is 10 for 124 against Baroda. With so many young players fighting for a place in the state squad in the coming seasons, Kulkarni was in and out of the side and he quit first-class cricket in 2010.
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Nilesh Kulkarni Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests321545.004211.90000010
ODIs1053115*5.502055.00000020
FC101100298605412.11--01--1080
List A93361817831*9.88--00--440
T20s8222121*-17123.52001120

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests3373833221/701/137166.002.69369.0000
ODIs108402357113/273/2732.455.3236.5000
FC101-2408688873577/60-24.892.2167.4-243
List A93-464032231355/415/4123.874.1634.3320
T20s8819218472/122/1226.285.7527.4000
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Mumbai Ranji captain Nilesh Kulkarni going through their training drills
Slater lofts Kulkarni back over his head for six
Nilesh Kulkarni warms up before having a bowl
Nilesh Kulkarni walks out for his first Test in three years
Fleming falls leg before to give Kulkarni his third scalp
Kulkarni high-fives with Dighe after trapping Hayden in front