Nuwan Pradeep

Sri Lanka
Age
October 19, 1986 (35 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Negombo
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
Sri Lanka
Bowling Style
Right-arm fast medium

Right-arm pacer Nuwan Pradeep was among the 33 players the Sri Lankan cricket board awarded a national contract for the 2018 – 2019 season. Though Pradeep has been plagued with injury-related problems throughout his international career, his raw pace could make the 33-year old a potential asset for Sri Lanka in the shorter versions of the game in the coming years.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
-
51
-

Team played

Sri Lanka, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Basnahira North, Burgher Recreation Club, Ruhuna, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lankan Invitation XI, Sinhalese Sports Club, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Wayamba, Basnahira Cricket Dundee, Ruhuna Reds, Udarata Rulers, Colombo, Kandy, Kurunegala Warriors, Sri Lankans, Kandy District, Northern Warriors

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
42
23
15
30
7
3.75
81
37.04
0
0
2
1
T20I
15
6
5
10
8*
10
15
66.67
0
0
1
0
Test
22
42
17
130
17*
5.2
334
38.92
0
0
19
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
42
44
2165
2156
58
4/31
5.98
37.17
37.33
2
0
0
T20I
15
15
266
413
15
4/25
9.32
27.53
17.73
1
0
0
Test
22
43
4288
2540
66
6/132
3.55
38.48
64.97
6
1
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Test Career

Pradeep began his Test career in October 2011 but went wicketless in his debut Test match against Pakistan. Recurrence of injuries led to Pradeep’s sporadic appearances in Test cricket. However, the Sri Lankan selectors recognised that his raw pace was the best among available bowlers in the country. It was only when Pakistan toured Sri Lanka in June 2012 that Pradeep snared his first Test victim, Mohd Ayub. Fast bowlers hunt in pairs: in Pradeep, Dhammika Prasad found a competent new-ball partner. Having recovered from an injury, Pradeep got his first fifer in Tests in the first match against the touring India team in July 2017, though his performance could not prevent his side from losing the match by a huge margin. Another chapter to the Nuwan Pradeep’s injury saga added during the second Test ensured that Pradeep got no more chance to demonstrate his bowling performance for the rest of the series. In fact, Pradeep has not received another Test call since then. In 28 test matches, Pradeep has taken 70 wickets at an average of 42.90 with the best bowling figures of 6/132.

ODI Career

A match-winning performance of 3/28 against Zimbabwe in a Tri-Nation series in Bangladesh underscored Pradeep’s potential. On a tour of Scotland ahead of the ODI World Cup in 2019, Pradeep was named Man of the Match for the first time in his career after a four-wicket haul had helped keep Scotland down to 199. Sri Lanka were declared winners of the rain-affected match by 35 runs with the help of the DLS method. Another Man of the Match award awaited Pradeep in the World Cup match against Afghanistan when he took 4/31 to help his side to achieve a 34-run victory. Rajutha replaced Pradeep after illness kept the new-ball operator from playing the last two games of the Cup. However, immediately after the World Cup, Pradeep helped Sri Lanka on the way to the victory against the touring Bangladesh team with a stellar 3/51. Playing against the touring West Indies, Pradeep left the field after he had suffered a hamstring strain in his last match in March 2020 in the middle of the fifth over of his spell. In 45 ODIs, Pradeep has taken 57 wickets at an average of 36.82 with the best bowling figures of 4/31.

T20I Career

Making his T20I debut against England in July 2016, Pradeep has been in and out of the team since then. However, his brilliant performance on the tour of Pakistan in October 2019 must certainly make Pradeep the mainstay of the Sri Lankan side in the upcoming World Cup. In the first match at Lahore, Pradeep took 3/21 to help bowl out Pakistan for 101, handing Sri Lanka a 64-run win. In the second match, Pradeep did better with 4/25, including the prize wicket of Babar Azam to grant Sri Lanka the series. In 14 T20Is, Pradeep has taken 15 wickets at an average of 27.13 with the best bowling figures of 4/25.