Nilesh Kulkarni

Former Indian spinner Nilesh Kulkarni recalled an occasion from his worldwide profession when he was part of a sporting Take a look at match in opposition to Sri Lanka in Colombo in August 1997.

On this present day (August 2) 24 years in the past, it was the Take a look at debut for a 25-year-old Kulkarni on the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Satirically, Kulkarni picked the wicket of Sri Lanka opener Marvan Atapattu on the very first ball of his match. However, the Indian spinner went wicketless for the remainder of the sport, the place he bowled a complete of 70 overs.

Nilesh Kulkarni’s agonising debut in opposition to a dominant Sri Lanka

It was the identical match through which Sanath Jayasuriya slammed his career-best rating of 340 and Sri Lanka recorded the very best Take a look at complete of 952 for six. Jayasuriya was concerned in a large partnership of 576 runs for the third wicket with Roshan Mahanama (225).

Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya. (Photograph: Twitter)

This partnership was then a record-breaking milestone within the red-ball format just for Sri Lankan veterans Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene to interrupt it by way of their 624-runs alliance in opposition to South Africa in 2006. 

I didn’t comprehend it was a file: Nilesh Kulkarni

Kulkarni, throughout the play time, wasn’t conscious of the file of him being the primary Indian to select a Take a look at wicket on the primary ball of his profession. The 49-year-old additionally shared the second Sri Lankan legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan wished him one of the best for the sport however that didn’t work within the 

“Marvan (Atapattu) and Sanath (Jayasuriya) had been going nice weapons firstly. We needed to bowl round an hour or so and the main focus was to get a few wickets.

“I used to be not hoping to bowl. Rajesh Chauhan was to bowl the final over however Marvan took a single within the final couple of balls of the earlier over, which made Sachin (Tendulkar, the captain) change his thoughts and get a left-arm spinner bowling to a right-hander.

“Whereas I used to be altering my fielding place, out of the blue he known as and requested me to bowl,” Kulkarni informed Sportstar.

Nilesh Kulkarni
Nilesh Kulkarni. Picture: IISM

“I didn’t comprehend it was a file. All of us had been completely happy. The day was known as off. We had been coming again and I used to be giving throwdowns to some batters.

“I used to be fully in an off-the-cuff temper until a number of press reporters got here down and informed me it was a world file and I used to be the primary from India.

“That’s when it hit me that one thing completely different had occurred in my life. By the way, after the day’s play, I met Muralitharan on the resort and he informed me: “Nicely carried out, good luck for the following three days”. Little did I realise that I used to be not going to get a wicket for the following three days.

Each that match and the collection led to a draw as each groups gave their greatest batting efforts, though, Sri Lanka dominated with the bat and the scorecard is the one proof to elucidate their ascendancy within the recreation.

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