Nilesh Kulkarni, six feet four inches tall, made his Test debut on the Sri Lanka tour in the year 1997. This test was memorable for many reasons.
Nilesh Kulkarni was a left-arm spinner but his height of six feet four inches was like fast bowlers.
Imagine a bowler playing his first Test match and dismissing the opposing batsman of the opposing team on the very first ball! It is expected that that player will again make a splash in the entire match and what to say about his career. But what would have happened if everything was so easy. This was completely the opposite of an Indian player. He took a wicket with his first ball in the first Test match but then took the next wicket in the third Test after four years which also proved to be the last international match of his career. This player is Nilesh Kulkarni. Today is the birthday of Nilesh, who came out of Mumbai in domestic cricket. He was born on 3 April 1973 in Dombivli, Mumbai and later became a left-arm spinner.
Nilesh Kulkarni, six feet four inches tall, made his Test debut on the Sri Lanka tour in the year 1997. This test was memorable for many reasons. In this match in Colombo, Nilesh dismissed Mervan Attapattu on his first ball. In Test cricket, Nilesh became the first Indian and 12th bowler in the world to take a wicket with the first ball. But with this, his dream golden debut came to an end. He could not take a single wicket in the entire match. When Sri Lanka’s innings came to an end, Nilesh Kulkarni’s figures were 70-12-195-1. That means 12 maidens, 195 runs and one wicket in 70 overs. At the same time, the score of Sri Lankan team was 952 runs for six wickets. It is still a record in an innings in Test cricket. However, it was not the case that only Kulkarni was beaten. Anil Kumble scored 223 and Rajesh Chauhan scored 276 runs. This match was a waste.
Kulkarni played for the last time in the series from Australia in 2001
After this match, Kulkarni played two more Test matches for India. The second match was also against Sri Lanka but no wickets were found. After this, he was dropped from the team, four years later he made a comeback in the historic series against Australia. This is the same series in which Harbhajan Singh took a hat-trick and VVS Laxman-Rahul Dravid gave India victory in Kolkata Test. Nilesh Kulkarni played in the last match of this series. He did not get a wicket in the first innings. But in the second innings, he dismissed Matthew Hayden. India won this Test in exciting style by two wickets and named the series 2-1. With this, the international career of Nilesh Kulkarni also came to an end.
This is the game in domestic cricket
Nilesh Kulkarni also represented Team India in ODI cricket. In this format, he played 10 matches and took 11 wickets. Three wickets for 27 runs was the best performance. However, this player played well for Mumbai in domestic cricket. He took 357 wickets in 101 first class matches. At the same time, he took 135 wickets in 93 List A matches. In 2010, he retired from cricket.
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