Nuwan Kulasekara is a Sri Lankan Cricketer who was born on July 22, 1982, in Nittambuwa, Sri Lanka. He used to play softball before becoming a cricketer. His full name is Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara which is hard to remember. His nickname is Kule. He was brought up in a small village with limited resources and moved to the city at the age of 17 years where his journey to the cricket was started.
A competent and successful medium-pace bowler, who can swing the ball in starting few overs, and also can bat in late overs, Kulasekara is considered 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, because of a major problem to play limited over cricket.
Nuwan Kulasekara has the incredible record for the most economical spell in a T20 by any bowler as well as in a T20 world cup match and the only bowler to make record an economy of 0.00 in a T20I as well as in T20 world cup match. But, he handled to bowl only 2 overs without giving in even a single run where the oppositions were bowled out for just 43.
Kulasekara was delayed by Kadawatha police on 19 September 2016, after being complicated in a road accident. But, Kulasekara made before the Mahara Magistrate and has been allowed to leave on bail of five lakhs because of the death of a 28-year-old motorcycle rider from the accident. The accident happened near the Kirillawella junction in Kadawatha in the afternoon, where the rider was coming from the opposite side to the Kulasekara’s vehicle and has overtaken a bus and then crashed onto its league, where he was thrown onto a patch of Kulasekara’s vehicle.
After the incident, of Kulasekara’s father paid his sympathies to the dead rider’s family, where his mother then told that both Kulasekara and his son went to the same school. His mother also told that his son was very keen on sports and also a fan of Kulasekara. Before being arrest he also took part in the practice pitch opening ceremony of Colombo Hindu College on the same date in the morning.
The player is married since many years and has an adorable son.
In his youth, he used to play cricket with a tennis ball. In the village of Ranpokunagama, in the western Province, he attended local schools in the village of Ranpokunagama, in the western province. He moved to Bandaranaike College in Gampaha at the age of 17 years, and that’s when he started bowling with the hard ball when one of his friends suggested him to do so. He soon began to improve with his bowling tactics. Soon he got attention by a fast bowler coach Champaka Ramanayake, who helped him in setting up in a first-class cricket team which turned his life.
Before his outstanding debut, he was playing for Nugegoda Cricket Club for four years. Then he was picked for the training at the Max Cricket Academy where he played against India and Pakistan in an Emerging Team Trophy Tournament in the year 2013. On his first one-day International debut in 2003 when he was 21 years old, he picked up 2 wickets against England and marked his presence incredibly.
Having no previous cricket history his selection for that match was a surprise and he proved this decision taken by selectors’ team to be correct. In 2005, he made his test cricket debut against New Zealand. In a test against England in Lord’s 2006, he batting at no.10 made first fifty of his career with 67 runs and Sri Lanka drew the series by 1-1.
In the year 2008, he picked 47 wickets in a period of 11 months by which he secured the no.1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers. He was chosen to be a part of ICC world ODI team for the year 2009. In the IPL season of 2011, he was bought by Chennai Super Kings for $100,000. In January 2013 he got his first five-wicket haul in his third one-day international against Australia at Brisbane which was his best in ODI career with 5 wickets for just 22 runs.
He has got retired in June 2016 from test cricket. He played in 21 tests and picked up 48 wickets. His last test was in June 2014 at Lord’s, when he took four wickets conceding 21 runs.
He has taken 186 wickets in 173 one day International played by him with an average of 34.08. Currently, he is in the sixth place of bowling in the world ODI and T20I formats because of the ability to swing the ball in and outside as well. He has built a world record for bowling the most number of maiden overs in his career in the history of T20 Cricket. He is the only bowler having more than 5 maiden overs in his career of T20 International.
Moreover, he has also proved his potential with batting; he made a score of 58 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy of 2013 to help Kumar Sangakkara against England. He had also once made a thrilling score of 74 runs against Australia. He has made a record for himself of making the highest one-day international score for Sri Lanka while batting at number 8 position with 73 runs. He has also won the best bowler Award in Sri Lankan domestic Cricket during 2002-03.
Nuwan Kulasekara Net Worth
The young and talented player from Sri Lanka has an estimated net worth of $4.5 million approx. he has built such an excellent net worth out of his excellent career in domestic as well as international cricket. His net worth is supposed to increase day by day.
The biggest source of income of the young player is the sport of cricket itself. He gets paid for playing at the domestic as well as international fields. He has got some of the endorsements as well paying him a huge amount and increasing his wealth to a great extent. He is one of the richest players of Cricket Team of Sri Lanka. Like an example that Kulasekara joined the Chennai Super Kings for a price of $100,000 to play for their team in the IPL 2011.
Lately, in February 2017, he has been a part of Sri Lankan team of T20 series against Australia. The Sri Lanka Team has won the series with a score of 2-1. In the 2nd T20 of the series, Nuwan performed incredibly and picked up a four-wicket haul which was the biggest cause for his team’s victory.
Having no previous cricket background this young talent has lifted up with his hard work, potential, and incredible talent and has made a lot records for himself and his country. His bowling style differentiates him from other players and he has proved his skill with batting as well. He has built up a great career since his beginning and is still growing. We wish him luck for his career and may the player keep rocking with his performance in the future ahead.