Nuwan Zoysa

Demuni Nuwan Tharanga Zoysa (born 13 May 1978 in Colombo), or Nuwan Zoysa, is a former Sri Lankan cricketer. He was a tall left-arm seam bowler, who played 30 Tests and 95 ODIs for Sri Lanka. Nuwan was educated at Isipathana College, Colombo.[1]

In his eighth Test, Zoysa became the first player in the history to take a hat-trick off his first three balls of a Test match. He achieved this against Zimbabwe at Harare in November 1999, dismissing Trevor Gripper, Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson.[2]

Nuwan Zoysa
නුවන් සොයිසා
Personal information
Full nameDemuni Nuwan Tharanga Zoysa
Born13 May 1978 (age 40)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
BattingLeft-hand bat
BowlingLeft-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 66)7–10 March 1997 v New Zealand
Last Test9–13 July 2004 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 88)25 March 1997 v New Zealand
Last ODI8 February 2007 v India
Domestic team information
1996/97-2010/11Sinhalese Sports Club
2007/08Deccan Chargers
2008/09-2009/10Basnahira South
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 30 95
Runs scored 288 343
Batting average 8.47 13.19
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 28* 47*
Balls bowled 4422 4259
Wickets 64 108
Bowling average 33.70 29.75
5 wickets in innings 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 5/20 5/26
Catches/stumpings 4/- 13/-
Source: Cricinfo, 16 September 2015

International career

Zoysa made his first class debut in 1996/97 and during his first season he took his career best figures of 7 for 58, playing for Sinhalese Sports Club. He made his Test debut soon after in Dunedin against New Zealand. He has gone on to take over 100 ODI wickets for Sri Lanka, the ninth to have achieved the milestone.

An aggressive lower order batsman, Zoysa once won an ODI game against Australia with an unbeaten 47. Zoysa's golden era in international cricket came during 2004 season, where he was the main strike bowler accompany with Chaminda Vaas. He performed well in bat and ball in numerous occasions, enable to win many bilateral, tri-series and ICC major tournaments. His highest ODI score came against Australia. He has single Test and ODI fifer each as well.

Domestic career

He was also bought by the Deccan Chargers Franchise in the IPL but he was removed from the team for his poor performances.


Nuwan Zoysa was appointed to the National Fast Bowling Coaching Department of Sri Lanka Cricket on 1 October 2015 prior to which he has worked in India with Goa Cricket Association and with Royal College & Nondiscripts as Fast Bowling Coach before joining SLC.[3]

In October 2018, he was charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for three breaches of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.[4]


  1. ^ Determined Isipathana Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Sting in the tail". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Sri Lanka coach charged under ICC Anti-Corruption code". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 31 October 2018.

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