Nilesh Moreshwar Kulkarni
(born April 3, 1973 in Dombivli
) is a former Indian cricketer
. He is a slow left-arm bowler and left-handed lower order batsman.
Kulkarni wrote himself into cricketing history by taking a wicket
with the very first ball that he bowled in Test cricket
, becoming the only Indian bowler, and the twelfth bowler in the history of the game, to do so. This was in the Test at Colombo against Sri Lanka in 1997-98. He took the wicket of Marvan Attapattu of his very first delivery in Test cricket. Kulkarni bowled 70 overs in the match without taking another wicket. After Attapattu's wicket Sanath Jayasurya & Roshan Mahanama batted nearly for 2 days. Sri Lanka scored 952 runs in that innings. Kulkarni's next Test was against Australia
four years later where he took one wicket for 137 runs. His second wicket came 588 balls after the first in his second and final Test.
Kulkarni has spent all his first-class
career with Mumbai
(although under the name of Bombay until 1996) taking over 300 wickets with best figures of 7/60 against Andhra
Kulkarni played for Old Hamptonians CC in the Surrey Championship
in the UK during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Kulkarni retired From International & First Class Cricket on July 28th 2010. Read More