Nuwan Kulasekara, a skinny lad, first made an impression on his ODI debut against England at Dambulla in 2003 at the age of 21, when he picked up 2/19 against England. With no great performances behind him, his selection for that match against England was a surprise, but he more than justified his inclusion with a superb performance. The talent and potential were there for all to see even then.
Kulasekara has often played some late-order cameos in the shorter format of the game and employs a daring approach with the willow at the crease. It is his lovely silken swing bowling, with a pronounced inducker which zoots in at the last moment, that took him to No.1 position in ODI rankings.
Kulasekara's mastery of swing and nagging accuracy landed him a place in the prestigious 2009 ICC World ODI team of the year. Whilst Malinga's thunderbolt yorkers stun the opposition at the death, it is Kulasekara's customary early breakthroughs that set the tone.
While several bowlers of the fast-medium breed have been tonked around in T20 cricket, Kulasekara has held his own. He sent down the most economical spell (2-2-0-1) in T20Is when Sri Lanka routed Netherlands in the World T20 2014, which was eventually clinched by the Islanders.