Nathan Coulter-Nile is yet to knock the doors of Test cricket © Getty Images
Nathan Coulter-Nile is yet to knock the doors of Test cricket © Getty Images

Born on October 11, 1987, Nathan Coulter-Nile is primarily known for his expertise in limited-overs cricket for Australia. He is yet to knock the doors of Test cricket for the national side, however. Out of 16 One-Day International (ODIs) and 17 Twenty20 International (T20I) matches Coulter-Nile has played, he has picked 27 wickets in ODIs and 21 in T20Is. Coulter-Nile has been effective for the national side amongst the faster bowlers in shorter formats. He has had many life-changing moments and cricket has been his favourite sport since his early days. As Coulter-Nile turns 29 today, here are some fascinating facts about the right-arm bowler that includes a ‘hyphen’ in his name: ALSO READ: Pat Cummins, James Pattison better options than Nathan Coulter-Nile for Australia in ODIs vs against England

Height that cannot go unnoticed: He stands out in the team, quite literally to be precise. That is 6’3” and can be easily found amongst the entire team for sure, be it in national side or his current Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils (DD).

Name with a ‘hyphen’: There are cricketers who have hyphen to their name but he is known as ‘Coulter-Nile’ or ‘Nile’ or ‘River’, but the spotlight on the hyphen cannot be ignored. If thrown light at the earlier names from various other countries, they are called by their first name be it Inzamam-ul-Haq, Misbah ul-Haq or Shakib Al-Hasan. So Coulter-Nile stands out with the swag of carrying hyphen to his name.

Cricket passion since early days: Cricketers have had different passion apart from cricket, but for Coulter-Nile it was different. He has always been inclined towards this sport and nothing beyond cricket. Coulter-Nile attended Aquinas College and represented the state Under-17 and Under-19 teams. That was when he entered the international arena by playing three ODIs for Under-19 team.

Favourite city in India and similar IPL franchise: While speaking to skyscanner.co.nz, Coulter-Nile spoke about his favourite city in India as he has visited this place most of the time be it due to IPL or through the national side. This is what he mentioned, “My favourite place would definitely be Delhi. I play for the local team there.” That pretty much sums it all as he plays for Delhi Daredevils (DD) and automatically this turns out to be his favourite city as well.

Place to visit under his bucket list: Cricketers love to travel in their free time and Coulter-Nile has special place to visit unlike the usual ones — Paris and France. He wishes to visit Iceland soon and that would be the tick mark to his bucket list. He also claimed his much-loved airport is Changi Airport, Singapore. Some bucket list for sure. ALSO READ: CLT20 2013: Mumbai Indians have learnt to peak at the right moment

Coulter-Nile’s life-changing moment: Indeed IPL has changed fortunes for many, especially Indian players, be it Hardik Pandya (who also celebrates his birthday today) and Jasprit Bumrah. But for Coulter-Nile too it has been a life changing moment.

While speaking to fosxports.com.au, Coulter-Nile said he was working at News Corp newspaper The Sunday Times in Perth, unsure if cricket was going to be long-term career for him. In 2011, Coulter-Nile was gaining some work experience with this publishing agency, none of his family members knew about the game of cricket. But it was through this sport, that helped his daughter go through school and provide her roof over her head.

It was in 2013, when Coulter-Nile had just $150 in his bank account, when he headed for dinner with his Western Australia teammates. But by the time the meal was done, IPL call up changed his entire cricketing career. He was bought by IPL franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) for $450,000. That opened the gates for Australia. ALSO READ: Scorchers rope in Marsh brothers, Voges, Coulter-Nile, Willey for BBL 2016-17

Father-Daughter relation: MS Dhoni and Ziva might share their cutest father-daughter moment or be it David Warner and his daughters. But Coulter-Nile and his daughter’s pictures might seem heart warming for many. Be it joining him for the MI matches or be it practicing tennis with her father, they never miss a moment to share their special moments together. Some of the moments can be witnessed below (Adorable isn’t it?)

Any excuse to break diet!

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Daddy day!!

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My little one supporting me while I’m away. Cutie, gets it from me not get mother.

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(Shruti Hariharan is Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)