Something in me dies everytime I see Nuwan Kulesekara get to the top of his run. It could be that I know another 125kmph dolly is about to be looped up to an interntional batsmen but it could equally be because it reminds me of an animal who is withering in pain in its last breath.
About 2 years ago Kulesekara served a purpose. Now the very idea of him serves none. Kulesekara, I’m sure is a nice guy, he certainly likes to smile a lot on the field. If a cricketing version of Casper the friendly ghost was made Peter Jackson would be booking Nuwan on the first day. Maybe it is because he is so gentle and lovely that he doesn’t see it himself.
Kulesekara was once ranked the number 1 ODI bowler in the world. IN THE WORLD. Right now it sounds like this may have been a glitch in the ICC rankings. This of course, we know, is not possible.
He appears to be another beneficiary of Sri Lankas in ability to spot a crickter in decay and resolve it. Patches only work for so long until a real solution is needed.
A real solution is needed now. Giving Nuwan one of the 2 new balls is a crime so big that it should probably make you Salman Butts cellmate. Malinga needs someone to back up his aggression. 2 years ago Kulesekara complimented him with his steady dollies at home. Now, away, he is being found out and is out of depth. Him smiling throughout it all only makes it more painful to watch.
And no one enjoys watching something on its last legs. Except those who do.