Umar Gul

Country: Pakistan
Born: October 15, 1982, Peshawar, North-Western Frontier Province
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Umar Gul Bio

Umar Gul, the renowned Pakistani cricketer, is best known for his exceptional control and ability to bowl a pinpoint yorker. Born on April 14, 1984, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Gul quickly rose to prominence in the world of cricket with his impeccable bowling skills.

Gul’s journey in cricket began when he was called up for national duty in 2003 following Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the World Cup. Despite having played only nine first-class matches at the time, Gul showcased his talent on the flat tracks of Sharjah, demonstrating excellent discipline and the ability to extract seam movement with the new ball. His impressive performance earned him a place in the national team.

The breakthrough moment in Gul’s career arrived during the Lahore Test against India in 2003-04. Despite facing a formidable batting lineup, Gul fearlessly tore through the Indian top order, utilising his sharp pace and effectively moving the ball both ways off the seam. His remarkable figures of 5 for 31 in the first innings laid the foundation for Pakistan’s victory in the Test.

Unfortunately, Gul’s progress was hindered by a series of stress fractures in his back, which forced him to take a hiatus from cricket for over a year. However, he made a triumphant return in late 2005, displaying improved fitness and sharpened skills. His comeback was marked by appearances in both Test matches against India and successfully surviving the series against Sri Lanka.

The second half of 2006 proved to be Gul’s defining period in international cricket. He emerged as the leader of Pakistan’s bowling attack, showcasing his talent against strong opponents such as England and West Indies. Gul’s exceptional performances earned him recognition as Pakistan’s best bowler during this period.

In the following years, Gul continued to make a name for himself, excelling in various formats of the game. He was the leading wicket-taker in the 2007 World T20 and impressed with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, as well as in Australia’s domestic T20 tournament. His true moment of glory arrived during the second World T20 in England, where he played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s victory, becoming the leading wicket-taker of the tournament.

Gul’s outstanding performances in ODIs and T20s secured his position as a key player in the national squad. However, his career suffered a dip in 2013 due to a knee injury, ultimately leading to his exclusion from the squad for the Champions Trophy. Gul’s selection became sporadic, and despite his strong comeback in the one-day format in 2016, his Test career gradually faded, with his last match taking place in 2013.

Despite the challenges he faced due to injuries, Umar Gul’s contribution to Pakistani cricket cannot be overstated. He proved himself to be a formidable pace bowler, known for his ability to bowl a quick heavy ball and deliver precise yorkers. With his exceptional control and knack for extracting seam movement, Gul rightfully earned a reputation as one of the world’s best T20 bowlers.

Off the field, Gul remains a humble and dedicated individual. His passion for cricket and determination to overcome setbacks have made him an inspiration for aspiring cricketers in Pakistan and beyond. As he continues to leave his mark on the game, Umar Gul’s legacy as a talented and skilled cricketer will undoubtedly endure.

Umar Gul Career Stats

Umar Gul Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 47 67 9 577 65* 9.94 1204 47.92 0 1 63 20 11 0
T20Is 60 27 9 165 32 9.16 156 105.76 0 0 11 10 18 0
ODIs 130 65 18 457 39 9.72 642 71.18 0 0 36 14 17 0
FC 125 165 20 1748 65* 12.05 - - 0 3 - - 29 0
List A 213 113 39 827 39 11.17 - - 0 0 - - 33 0
T20s 167 85 22 548 32 8.69 531 103.2 0 0 37 29 38 0

Umar Gul Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 47 90 9599 5553 163 6/135 9/164 34.06 3.47 58.8 12 4 0
T20Is 60 60 1203 1443 85 5/6 5/6 16.97 7.19 14.1 4 2 0
ODIs 130 128 6064 5253 179 6/42 6/42 29.34 5.19 33.8 4 2 0
FC 125 - 22134 12232 479 8/78 - 25.53 3.31 46.2 23 27 3
List A 213 - 10033 8647 286 6/42 6/42 30.23 5.17 35 6 2 0
T20s 167 166 3508 4477 222 6/24 6/24 20.16 7.65 15.8 9 3 0

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