Nuwan Pradeep, Sri Lanka bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Armed with slower deliveries and yorkers, Pradeep will play the role of containing batsmen in middle overs

Pradeep gives Sri Lanka control in the middle overs after the initial burst by Lasith Malinga. Change of pace, yorkers and slower balls fetch him most wickets as otherwise, he bowls an impeccable line.

Rex Clementine, May 09, 2019 12:48:26 IST

His teammates call him Sirasa. Sirasa is a popular television channel in Sri Lanka owned by one of the largest companies in the country - Maharaja’s. The Chairman of Maharaja’s R Rajamahendran was a former Vice-President of Sri Lanka Cricket and a keen cricket enthusiast. Sirasa TV, a decade ago, conducted a competition to unearth the fastest bowler in the country. The competition was open for rookies and Nuwan Pradeep, who had played little cricket at the school level, emerged the champion.

File picture of Nuwan Pradeep. Reuters

File picture of Nuwan Pradeep. Reuters

Sri Lanka Cricket soon cashed in offering him a contract and 18 months later he went onto make his debut. With international recognition came an IPL contract as well with RCB.

Pradeep gives Sri Lanka control in the middle overs after the initial burst by Lasith Malinga. Change of pace, yorkers and slower balls fetch him most wickets as otherwise, he bowls an impeccable line.

Pradeep has struggled to hold onto a permanent place in the side mainly due to injuries. Despite making his debut seven years ago, he has been able to play only 34 ODIs due to his injuries. Often his injuries have let the side down badly.

In 2017, he was picked as the team’s lone spinner for the second Test against India at SSC and he broke down halfway through the first innings compounding their problems. The hosts were forced to play catch-up for the rest of the game relying only on their spin bowling options.

It happened again last year during the Nidahas Trophy in the must-win clash against Bangladesh as he was forced to retire with a hamstring injury after bowling just one over. Earlier this year, he returned home from Australia with hamstring trouble and was ruled out for three months.

Hamstring trouble has restricted his appearances for eight ODIs and four T20 Internationals in the last 18 months.

Pradeep is expected to play the containing role during the middle overs.

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Updated Date: May 09, 2019 12:49:23 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254