Colombo: Sri Lanka's experienced fast bowler Nawan Kulasekara (Nuwan Kulasekara) announced his retirement from International Cricket on Wednesday. Kulasekara made his ODI debut against England in 2003. He played his last ODI match for Sri Lanka in 2017.
According to media reports, Kulasekara wanted to say goodbye to the cricket world by playing his Fairware match. But the selectors did not accept their demand, then they announced their retirement.
Kulasekara is the fifth bowler in Sri Lanka to take the most wickets in ODIs. His name is 199 wickets in 184 matches. Kulasekara has taken 48 wickets in 21 Test matches.
Nuwan Kulasekara retires! At one stage, the number one ODI bowler in the world,
but for every Indian, Favorite Kulasekara moment is-
"Dhoni finishes off in style .. India lift the world cup after 28 years" pic.twitter.com/OAVqtjjBzu
– Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 24, 2019
Apart from this, he is the second Sri Lankan bowler with Lasith Malinga in terms of taking the most wickets in T20. Kulasekara has 66 wickets in 58 matches. Malinga will also take his retirement after the first one-day match with Bangladesh.
Kulasekara scored the last over against India in the 2011 World Cup final. In this over, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had made India a World Cup winner for the second time.
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Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne said that Malinga will say goodbye to one-day international cricket after the first match. He has been included in the 22-member team. However, Malinga has expressed his desire to play in the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in October-November next year.