Nilesh Kulkarni

Country: India
Born: April 03, 1973, Dombivli, Maharashtra
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox

Nilesh Kulkarni Bio

Nilesh Moreshwar Kulkarni, hailing from the vibrant city of Mumbai, India, has left an indelible mark on the world of cricket. Standing tall at an impressive 6’4″, Kulkarni is recognized as a lanky player who possesses immense talent and skill. Born on 14th March 1976, in the suburb of Dombivili, he developed a passion for cricket at a young age, eventually making significant contributions to the sport.

Kulkarni soared into the history books with his glorious debut in Test cricket. It was during the Sri Lanka tour in 1997-98, where he achieved an extraordinary feat that no other Indian bowler has surpasssed. With just his first ball, Kulkarni snatched a wicket, becoming the sole Indian player to accomplish this remarkable achievement. His incredible debut took place at the Colombo grounds, etching his name among the elite 12 players worldwide to have achieved such a feat. Despite the Sri Lankan batsmen’s domination during the test, Kulkarni’s soaring spirit and talent impressed cricket enthusiasts around the world.

In addition to his debut test match, Kulkarni played one more Test at home against Sri Lanka and made a memorable comeback in 2001 against Australia in Chennai. Unfortunately, his journey in international cricket concluded after this match. However, Kulkarni continued to shine on the domestic circuit, proving himself as a consistent and reliable performer. Since his debut for Mumbai in the 1994-1995 season, Kulkarni emerged as one of the team’s most successful bowlers, displaying his mastery on the pitch.

Among his many accomplishments in domestic cricket, Kulkarni’s ultimate triumph came in a match against Baroda when he claimed a remarkable 10 wickets for 124 runs. This extraordinary performance cemented his reputation as a formidable bowler in the cricketing world. His smooth and effortless bowling action, combined with his unwavering determination, made him a force to be reckoned with.

Throughout his career, Kulkarni faced fierce competition from emerging young players vying for a spot on the state squad. Consequently, he occasionally found himself being in and out of the team. However, his dedication and passion for the sport never wavered. In 2010, after years of outstanding service to the sport, Kulkarni made the difficult decision to retire from first-class cricket. His contributions not only to Mumbai cricket but also to the overall reputation of Indian cricket are immeasurable.

Beyond his success in the longer format of the game, Kulkarni’s talent was also recognized in the limited-overs format. He proved his mettle in several one-day international matches, displaying his versatility as a player.

Nilesh Moreshwar Kulkarni’s impact on Indian cricket extends far beyond his memorable debut. As a dedicated and skilled player, he not only achieved remarkable feats but also inspired generations of aspiring cricketers. Though his international career may have been brief, his contributions to the game will always be remembered, making him a true trailblazer in the world of cricket.

Nilesh Kulkarni Career Stats

Nilesh Kulkarni Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 2 1 5 4 5 42 11.9 0 0 0 0 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 10 5 3 11 5* 5.5 20 55 0 0 0 0 2 0
FC 101 100 29 860 54 12.11 - - 0 1 - - 108 0
List A 93 36 18 178 31* 9.88 - - 0 0 - - 44 0
T20s 8 2 2 21 21* - 17 123.52 0 0 1 1 2 0

Nilesh Kulkarni Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 3 3 738 332 2 1/70 1/137 166 2.69 369 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 10 8 402 357 11 3/27 3/27 32.45 5.32 36.5 0 0 0
FC 101 - 24086 8887 357 7/60 - 24.89 2.21 67.4 - 24 3
List A 93 - 4640 3223 135 5/41 5/41 23.87 4.16 34.3 3 2 0
T20s 8 8 192 184 7 2/12 2/12 26.28 5.75 27.4 0 0 0

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