Sri Lankan Fast Bowler Nuwan Kulasekara announces retirement from Test CricketThe 33 year old Sri Lankan famous pace bowler Nuwan Kulasekara announced his surprising retirement from Test Cricket format. Now he is more concerned and wishes to aim towards shorter game format of ODI and T20 cricket. This formidable cricketer played his last Test Match against England at Lords in June 2014 where he managed to pick only 2 wickets. It was a successful series for his team which registered a maiden series victory against England at their home ground. Kulasekara played 2 matches in the series where he could manage to grab only 5 wickets.

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Nuwan Kulasekara
Nuwan Kulasekara

Nuwan Kulasekara made his Test debut in the year 2005 against New Zealand. He holds an impressive bowling record in Test Cricket of playing 21 Test Matches with 48 wickets at an average of 37.37 runs with economy of 3.01.

He was a distinctive bowler where pace wasn’t his strong suit but bears the ability to move the new ball and was well known for his accuracy. His innings were remembered against Pakistan in Colombo in 2009 where he took four wickets to finish it with a match winning knock of 8 for 58 in 28.4 over’s. Kulasekara’s role in limited over’s cricket is crucial as he has played 173 ODIs and was crowned No.1 player in March 2009 due to his unique seam and reverse swing bowling movement. But he was unable to prove his skills in Test format as a result of which he was able to play only 21 matches in 11 years career.

His retirement from test cricket will certainly leave space in Sri Lankan bowling squad, which will take time for selectors to get it replaced by another talented player.