Jul 24, 2019

No farewell match for retiring Kule Featured

Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara says that the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has rejected his request  to play in the final ODI with Lasith Malinga.

He made this statement at a media conference held at the Colts Sports Club in Colombo today (24 July) as he announced his retirement.

Nuwan Kulasekera said he was grateful to Lasith Malinga for his reminder to the SLC.

"It's great that a player talks about another player," Nuwan Kulasekara said.
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. Two year later, the right-arm fast bowler 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.

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.