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October 25, 2019

Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Kulasekara retires from international cricket

first_imgSri Lanka pacer Nuwan Kulasekara retires from international cricketNuwan Kulasekara, who had played 3 50-over World Cups, last played for Sri Lanka in 2017. The 37-year-old pacer has reportedly called it quits from international cricket with immediate effect.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 24, 2019UPDATED: July 24, 2019 12:50 IST Nuwan Kulasekara (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKulasekara, 37, has announced retirement from international cricketThe former World No. 1 ODI bowler won the T20 World Cup with Sri Lanka in 2014Kulasekara picked up 199 ODI wickets an impressive economy rate of 4.90T20 World Cup-winning Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Kulasekara announced retirement from international cricket with immediate effect on Wednesday, according to local media reports in Sri Lanka.Kulasekara’s retirement comes days after his former new-ball partner Lasith Malinga said he would retire from ODIs after the first match against Bangladesh on July 26.Nuwan Kulasekara, 37, was not part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup 2019 squad and last played for the senior national team in 2017. Kulasekara hadn’t played competitive cricket at the senior level since March 2018 during which he played List-A cricket.Known for his ability to swing the ball both ways, Nuwan Kulasekara was a successful new-ball bowler for Sri Lanka in the limited-over formats. Not just with the new-ball, Kulasekara was a fine bowler at the death as well as the pacer had the ability to fire in accurate yorkers under pressure.Kulasekara made his ODI debut as a 21-year-old in a home series against England in 2003. In 2005, Kulasekara went on to make his Test debut in Napier.Kulasekara played 184 ODIs for Sri Lanka and picked up 199 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 4.90. The right-arm pacer played 58 T20Is and finished with 66 wickets. Kulasekara was part of the victorious Sri Lanka team that clinched the T20 World Cup in 2014.Kulasekara came up with a tidy spell of bowling in his four-over quota as he picked up the wicket of Yuvraj Singh and gave away only 29 runs in the final. Sri Lanka restricted India to 130 in 20 overs before gunnind down the total with 13 balls to spare.advertisementNonetheless, Kulasekara did not find a lot of success in Test matches. The 37-year-old played just 21 Test matches before calling it quits from the longest format of the game in 2016.Kulasekara rose to the No. 1 spot in ODI bowlers’ rankings in 2008, a year after he made his World Cup debut for Sri Lanka. Kulasekara was part of Sri Lanka’s 3 World Cup squads. He played 2 World Cup finals and finished with runners-up medals on both the occassions as the islaners lost to Australia and India in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup finals.Not many can forget the six that MS Dhoni hit off Nuwan Kulasekara to seal the 2011 World Cup final for India. In front of a packed house at Wankhede, Kulasekara was the most expensive bowler for Sri Lanka on the big night as he gave away 64 runs in just 8.2 overs.Also Read | I am as friendly with Kuldeep Yadav as I am with MS Dhoni: Virat KohliAlso Read | World Test Championship: FAQs and all you need to know about the inaugural tournamentAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Nuwan KulasekaraFollow Sri Lanka CricketFollow Lasith Malingalast_img read more