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Nuwan Kulasekara
නුවන් කුලසේකර
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Personal information
Full name Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara
Born (1982-07-22) 22 July 1982 (age 36)
Nittambuwa, Sri Lanka
Nickname Kule
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm fast-medium
Role Bowler, All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 100) 4 April 2005 v New Zealand
Last Test 16 March 2013 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 118) 18 November 2003 v England
Last ODI 10 July 2017 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no. 92
T20I debut (cap 25) 11 October 2008 v Pakistan
Last T20I 6 April 2017 v Bangladesh
Domestic team information
Years Team
2002–2004 Galle Cricket Club
2004–2011 Colts Cricket Club
2011–2012 Chennai Super Kings
2015-present Comilla Victorians
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I List A
Matches 21 184 58 262
Runs scored 391 1,327 215 1,821
Batting average 15.54 15.43 10.23 16.26
100s/50s 0/1 0/4 0/0 0/5
Top score 64 73 31 84
Balls bowled 3,567 8,263 1,231 11,817
Wickets 48 199 66 324
Bowling average 37.37 33.92 23.18 27.97
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/21 5/22 4/31 5/22
Catches/stumpings 8/– 46/– 17/– 65/–
Source: Cricinfo, 10 July 2017

Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara (Sinhalese: නුවන් කුලසේකර; born 22 July 1982 in Nittambuwa) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer. He was educated at the Bandaranayake College, Gampaha. A useful and effective medium pace bowler, who can swing the ball in first few overs, and also can bat in late overs, Kulasekara is regarded as one of the best swing bowlers in the world, who once ranked number one in the ODI bowlers rankings as well.

In June 2016, he retired from Test cricket, due to major concern to play limited over cricket.[1]

International debut

Kulasekara made his One Day International debut against England at Dambulla on 18 November 2003. He took 2–19 as England were bowled out for 88, and Sri Lanka took less than 14 overs to win by 10 wickets.

He made his Test cricket debut against New Zealand at Napier on 4 April 2005. He took only one wicket, and scored a duck, as the match was drawn.

IPL 2011

Kulasekara joined the Chennai Super Kings for a price of $100,000 to play for their team in the IPL 2011.[2]

Bowling style

Kulasekara, who hustles in from a long run–up, has a lovely smooth action which helps him to hurl the ball at a lively pace, getting enough seam movement both ways to trouble the batsman. His skills lie in his ability to produce inswing, and he is well known for his moderate nature to the batsmen, seldom being overly aggressive.[3]


He gained attention to international scene in 2008, when he took 47 wickets, which propelled him to the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers. The retirement of Chaminda Vaas and the inconsistency of Lasith Malinga proved to be a boon for Kulasekara, as he leapfrogged them, to emerge as the strike bowler of the Lankan side.

He scored his first Test fifty against England in the 1st Test at Lord's in May 2006, batting out much of the fifth day to save the match.

He was the No. 1 ranked ODI bowler for a few months in 2009, when he reached his highest ratings (727).[4]

He is currently ranked in sixth place of bowling both in the world ODI and T20I formats due to his ability to swing the ball both in and out.

He picked up his first five-wicket haul in 3rd ODI against Australia at Brisbane on 18 January 2013, which was recorded as his best bowling figures 5/22 in ODI career.[5]

Kulasekara has the unbelievable record for the most economical spell in a T20I by any bowler as well as in a T20 world cup match(0.00) and the only bowler to record an economy of 0.00 in a T20I as well as in T20 world cup match.But,he managed to bowl only 2 overs without conceding even a single run where the opponents were bowled out for just 43.[6][7][8]

Nuwan Kulasekara has the world record for bowling the most number of maiden overs in his career in T20I history(6) and the only bowler to have bowled more than 5 maiden overs in his T20I career.[9]


Kulasekara has often played some late order cameos in the shorter format of the game and employs a daring approach with the willow at the crease. A sturdy batsman, he has proved to be quite a tough man to dislodge in the Test format. In ODI's, he is occasionally sent in as a pinch hitter for Sri Lanka, notably with a score of 58* in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy to assist Kumar Sangakkara in beating England, in the second group game[10] and a thrilling score of 74 against Australia for a close defeat.[11]

He has the record for the highest ODI score for Sri Lanka when batting at number 8 position (73).[12]


Kulasekara was detained by Kadawatha police on 19 September 2016, after being involved in a road accident.[13][14] However, Kulasekara was produced before the Mahara Magistrate and was released on bail of five lakhs due to the death of a 28-year-old motorcycle rider from the accident.[15][16] The accident occurred near the Kirillawella junction in Kadawatha in the afternoon, where the rider was coming from opposite side to the Kulasekara's vehicle and had overtaken a bus and then crashed onto its bund, where he was thrown onto the patch of Kulasekara's vehicle.[17] After the incident Kulasekara's father paid his condolences to the deceased's family, where his mother then told that her son went to the same school as Nuwan. His mother also told that her son was very fond of sports and was a fan of Nuwan Kulasekara.[18]

Before being arrested Kulasekara participated in the practice pitch opening ceremony of Colombo Hindu College on the same date in the morning.[19]

International performances

One Day International half-centuries

ODI half-centuries of Nuwan Kulasekara
Runs Balls Against City/country Venue Year
[1] 57* 56  New Zealand Johannesburg, South Africa New Wanderers Stadium 2009
[2] 73 43  Australia Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground 2012
[3] 58* 38  England London, England Kennington Oval 2013
[4] 58 169  New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Hagley Oval 2015

International five-wicket hauls

ODI 5-wicket hauls

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/22 129  Australia The Gabba Brisbane Australia 2013

International awards

Test Cricket

Player of the Series awards

  • In this table Ct., refers to the Catches.
S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series 2009 75 runs ; 17 wickets (3 Matches).  Sri Lanka Won the series 2–0[20]

Man of the match awards

  • In this table Ct., refers to the Catches.
S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 2nd Test – Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series 2009 1st Innings – 11 ; 4/21.
2nd Innings - DNB ; 4/37.
 Sri Lanka Won by 7 wickets[21]

One-Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 India R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 29 August 2008 9–2–40–4; DNB. 1 ct.  Sri Lanka won by 112 runs.[22]
2 India Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka 13 January 2010 DNB; 10-0-48-4  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.[23]
3 India The Gabba, Brisbane 21 February 2012 DNB; 9-0-40-3. 2 ct.  Sri Lanka won by 51 runs.[24]
4 Australia The Gabba, Brisbane 18 January 2013 DNB; 10-2-22-5.  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.[25]
5 Australia Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 20 January 2013 DNB; 10-2-30-3. 1 ct. No result.[26]

Player of the series awards

S No Series Season Series Performance Result
1 Commonwealth Bank Series 2012 32 runs & 11 wickets with a fifer. (5 Matches) Series drawn as 2-2.[27]

Twenty20 International Cricket

Man of the match awards

# Series Date Opponent Match Performance Result
1 New Zealand v Sri Lanka in USA 23 My 2010 New Zealand DNB ; 3-1-4-3.  Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.[28]

Player of the series awards

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2014 33 runs & 4 wickets (2 matches)  Sri Lanka won the series 2-0.[29]


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  2. ^ "Forty-seven uncapped Sri Lankans in preliminary IPL 2011 auction list". ESPNcricinfo. December 22, 2010.
  3. ^ "Kulasekara gets into the swing". ESPNcricinfo. July 14, 2009.
  4. ^ "Hand of Kulasekara". ESPNcricinfo. September 2, 2009.
  5. ^ "Kulasekara sets up low-scoring Sri Lanka win". ESPNcricinfo. January 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | World T20 | Best economy rates in an innings | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  7. ^ "Records | Twenty20 Internationals | Bowling records | Best economy rate in an innings | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  8. ^ "19th Match, Group 1: Netherlands v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, Mar 24, 2014 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  9. ^ "Records | Twenty20 Internationals | Bowling records | Most maidens in career | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  10. ^ "Sangakkara's stunning hundred keeps Sri Lanka alive". ESPNcricinfo. June 13, 2013.
  11. ^ "Warner sets up 15-run victory". ESPNcricinfo. 4 March 2012.
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  16. ^ "Kulasekara released on bail after fatal accident". Daily Sports. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Kulasekara 'shaken', says fatal accident 'unfortunate'". Daily News. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  18. ^ ""My son gone now you save yours" Aravinda's mother says to Nuwan Kulasekara's father". Hiru Gossip. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  19. ^ "(Photos) Malinga and Kulasekara at Hindu College cricket nets opening ceremony". Island Cricket. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  20. ^ "Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series, 2009". ESPNcricinfo.
  21. ^ "Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test series 2009 – Scorecard of 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  22. ^ "India tour of Sri Lanka, 5th ODI: Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS), Aug 29, 2008". ESPNcricinfo.
  23. ^ "Tri-Nation Tournament in Bangladesh, Final: India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Jan 13, 2010". ESPNcricinfo.
  24. ^ "Commonwealth Bank Series, 8th Match: India v Sri Lanka at Brisbane, Feb 21, 2012". ESPNcricinfo.
  25. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of Australia, 3rd ODI: Australia v Sri Lanka at Brisbane, Jan 18, 2013". ESPNcricinfo.
  26. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of Australia, 4th ODI: Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney, Jan 20, 2013". ESPNcricinfo.
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  28. ^ "2nd T20I: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Lauderhill, May 23, 2010". ESPNcricinfo.
  29. ^ "Sri Lanka in Bangladesh T20I Series, 2013-14". ESPNcricinfo.

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