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Abey Kuruvilla About this soundpronunciation  (born 8 August 1968) is a former Indian pace bowler of the mid-1990s, notable for his 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) height and broad frame.

Abey Kuruvilla
Personal information
Born (1968-08-04) 4 August 1968 (age 51)
Mannar, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 10 25
Runs scored 66 26
Batting average 6.60 3.71
100s/50s –/– 0/0
Top score 35* 7
Balls bowled 1765 1131
Wickets 25 25
Bowling average 35.68 35.60
5 wickets in innings 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 5/68 4/43
Catches/stumpings 0/– 4/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 4 February 2006

He grew up in the leafy suburb of Chembur, Mumbai. He retired from all cricket in 2000, and has taken up coaching.


Kuruvilla lead the pace attack on the tour of the West Indies in 1997, when Javagal Srinath was sidelined with a rotator cuff injury. While he returned adequate figures from that tour, and bowled decently in subsequent Test matches on flatter pitches, he was dropped from the team. He announced his retirement from first-class cricket in April 2000 during the quarter-final of the Ranji Trophy, at 31, reasoning that he "had decided [to retire] at the beginning of the season itself that this would be [his] last season. He added, "A lot of young boys are coming up and I have to make room for them, there is no specific reason."[1]

After cricketEdit

On 27 September 2012, Kuruvilla was appointed as the national selector from the BCCI.[2]

He was appointed as talent scout for Mumbai Indians

Career achievementsEdit

5-wicket hauls (Tests)Edit

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/68 3   West Indies Kensington Oval Bridgetown Barbados 1997


Man of the Match awards (ODIs)Edit

No. Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 West Indies Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 27 April 1997 10–2–23–3 ; DNB   India won by 10 wickets.[3]


  1. ^ "Bombay bowler Kuruvilla retires". United News of India. 22 April 2000. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Patil is Chief Selector, Amarnath exits". Wisden India. 27 September 2012. Archived from the original on 8 December 2012.
  3. ^ "1997–1998 West Indies v India – 2nd Match – Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad".

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