Nuwan Kulasekara Biography
Nuwan Kulasekara is a Sri Lankan cricketer and has represented Sri Lanka in all three formats of the game. He was born on July 22, 1982 in Nittambuwa, Sri Lanka. He is a right arm medium fast swing bowler and can make handy contributions with the bat.
Kulasekara started his domestic cricket career playing for the Galle Cricket Club in 2002 and then moved on to play for the Colts Cricket Club in 2004. His smooth bowling action and the ability to swing the ball both ways helped him to make his debut for Sri Lanka.
At the age of 21, Kulasekara made his ODI debut against England at Dambulla in 2003. He was impressive in his debut match with figures of 2 for 19.
He made his Test debut against New Zealand at Napier in 2005. His performance was disappointing as he took just 1 wicket and scored a duck.
Rise to Glory
Kulasekara prospered as a bowler in the year 2008, when he took 47 wickets in ODIs which helped him to reach the career-best ranking of number one in the ICC ODI bowlers rankings.
He was named in the 2009 ICC World ODI team of the year.
Though Kulasekara has a striking career in the limited-overs cricket, he failed to impress in Test cricket taking 48 wickets in 21 matches, at an average of 37.4.
In the 2011 edition of the Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings bought Kulasekara for a price of $100,000. He has also played for the Comilla Victorians and Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Stats and Records
Kulasekara has 199 ODI wickets to his name in 184 matches, with an impressive economy rate of 4.9. In T20 internationals, he has taken 66 wickets in 58 matches.
He is the only bowler to have bowled more than 5 maiden overs in T20 International cricket.
He also has the record for the highest ODI score for Sri Lanka for the number 8 position, scoring 73 vital runs.
Kulasekara announced his retirement from the longest format of the game in June 2016 to focus on his limited-overs career. He is struggling to make his place in the playing 11 as he last played an ODI for Sri Lanka in July 2017.