Matches (15)
PAK-W in AUS (1)
SA Tri-Series (1)
ILT20 (3)
BPL 2023 (2)
BBL (2)
ZIM v WI (1)
Ranji Trophy (1)
WU19 WC (1)
SA v ENG (1)
Super Smash (1)
IND v NZ (1)

Full Name

Demuni Nuwan Tharanga Zoysa


May 13, 1978, Colombo


44y 260d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Left arm Fast medium

Playing Role


A left-arm seam bowler with a loping, rhythmical run-up and action, Zoysa has shown plenty of promise, but his career has so far been plagued by injuries. He was discarded after a disappointing tour to England in 2002, but he trained hard and regained pace, nip and bounce off the pitch. Most importantly, though, he returned with the delivery that moves back into the right-hander, a weapon that makes him a far more potent force.

A natural striker of the ball, he's also emerged as a useful lower-order strokeplayer. During the A tour to Kenya in 2003, he was even employed as a pinch-hitter to good effect, and, making his comeback to international cricket in the one-day series against Australia in 2003-04, Zoysa further underscored his batting potential with a matchwinning unbeaten 47 in the final match.

His bowling continued on its upward curve, culminating in a damaging five-wicket haul against South Africa in the one-day series in 2004-05. First spotted by Arjuna Ranatunga, who encouraged him to join the SSC in Colombo, he made his debut during the 1996-97 tour of New Zealand. In only his eighth Test, Zoysa achieved the rare feat of claiming a hat-trick off his first over of the match, against Zimbabwe at Harare in 1999-2000. His victims were accomplished top-order batsmen too - Trevor Gripper, Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson.
Charlie Austin (September 2004)

Career Averages
List A187841961052426/146/1425.224.3534.7220
Batting & Fielding
List A1871082713205316.2903260
Demuni Nuwan Tharanga Zoysa
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Man-of-the-Match Nuwan Zoysa smashes a six during his 29-ball 48
Nuwan Zoysa in his delivery stride
Nuwan Zoysa bowls during a nets session
Nuwan Zoysa bowled Virender Sehwag for 19 in the 5th ODI at Ahmedabad
Nuwan Zoysa at a training session
Nuwan Zoysa bowls in the nets