The tall Sri Lankan allrounder, continues his purple patch with the bat, as he has smashed 54 in just 23 balls for his team Western Troopers, in ongoing super 4’s twenty-20 tournament. Here is a look at his journey so far.
Big hitting Fast bowling all-rounders are a rare breed and is an asset to any team. Starting from the golden era of fast bowling all rounders in the 80s which comprised the likes of Imran Kahn, Sir Richard Hadlee, Sir Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham and Kapil Dev, quality fast bowling all rounders have always given a side the x factor. Sri Lanka have unearthed some genuine fast bowling all-rounders in the recent past and they have immediately made an impact to the team. Kosala Kulasekera who stands 6’1” is a big hitting fast bowling all-rounder who has been a regular performer in the domestic circuit and came into the limelight with some good all-round performances over the last few seasons, especially in twenty-20 cricket.
Very few knows that Kosala had an unusual beginning to his cricketing career as he started off as a swimmer and won the third place in the all island swimming championship and he just selected cricket as his second sport. After sometime Kosala took a surprise liking towards cricket and gave up on his first love, swimming.
Kosala who learnt his cricketing A,B,C at Vidyartha College Kandy showed a lot of promise even as a school boy cricketer. He captained the Central Province Under 17 and 19 teams and eventually got selected for the Sri Lankan Under 19 team in 2004.He performed well in the Under 19 World Cup in 2004 and won two man of the match awards for his all round abilities with the bat and ball.
Due to the immense potential as a budding young cricketer and because of his excellent performances as an all rounder, Kosala won a cricket scholarship to England in 2005 along with Upul Tharanga. He had the opportunity of leading the Sri Lanka Cricket Academy team against the England Academy team and a strong South Africa “A” team.
He joined NCC soon afterwards and has been a regular member of the side. He scored a blistering 98 runs of just 45 balls against Air Force in 2005 in the inter club 20/20 tournament.”
“I love playing the lofted on drives and off drives and I have made a lot of runs by just hitting straight,coaches Romesh Kaluwitharana and Chandika Hathurusinghe have helped me a lot in improving my batting techniques and I have learnt to be more patient to wait for the bad balls to hit ”said Kosala reasoning out his recent successes in batting. Kosala is presently employed at HNB and is grateful for their ample support. With great last six months, with both bat and ball, he is confident that selectors will give him another chance in national team, atleast in shortest format.