Nuwan Pradeep has gained recognition in Sri Lanka for his striking resemblance in bowling style to Lasith Malinga. Nevertheless, Pradeep’s statistics haven’t matched those of his slinging counterpart. Interestingly, he did not deliver a cricket ball until he reached the age of 20. Despite this late start, his remarkable pace impressed selectors who invested considerable effort in nurturing this promising talent.
Having represented four different Sri Lankan Premier League teams, Pradeep has acquired valuable experience throughout the country. His record of 65 wickets in 40 matches has earned him acclaim from cricketing experts and put opposing batsmen on their guard. However, one challenge in his bowling style is his lengthy run-up, limiting him to shorter spells of five overs or less.
While his bowling prowess may have attracted national selectors, it’s fair to say that his batting hasn’t been as impressive. Scoring 104 runs in 40 matches at an average of 3.35 makes even Glenn McGrath look like a top-order batsman.
Pradeep made his Test debut against Pakistan in 2011 but was unable to secure a wicket, resulting in match figures of 0-110 in a game that Sri Lanka lost by nine wickets. His solitary career wicket, obtained at an average of 345, hardly reflects his true ability. In the ODI format, Pradeep participated in two matches, both against India in early 2012. In these games, he enjoyed more success by claiming three wickets, including the prized scalp of Rohit Sharma on two occasions.