Umar Gul bid adieu to all forms of cricket after his team Balochistan failed to qualify for the national T20 Cup semi-final on Friday. He dedicated 20 years of life to professional cricket
Umar Gul had a renowned career for Pakistan national team as a fast bowler. He played a key part from them in the 2009 T20I World Cup victory. The speedster was also the leading wicket-taker in the 2007 and 2009 T20I World Cup. He played 60 T20I matches and snared 85 wickets at the economy rate of 7.19.
Umar Gul featured in IPL:
For his impressive performance in T20 cricket, he also bagged the deal from the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He played in six IPL matches and took 12 wickets at an average of 15.33.
As far as Test cricket is concerned, Umar Gul represented Pakistan in 47 matches and picked up 163 wickets, including 12 four-wicket hauls and four five-wicket hauls. He played last Test match in 2013 and his career was halted because of injuries.
In One Day Internationals (ODIs), Gul notched up 179 wickets, including four four-wickets hauls and two five-wicket hauls in 130 matches at the economy rate of 5.19. He remained a key part of the side for the 2011 World Cup where he was Pakistan’s leading quick with 14 wickets.
Injuries halted Gul’s career:
After 2013, injuries started taking a toll on his career. He was in and out of the team and in 2016, he returned to the team but Gul had lost his shine. He last played international cricket in 2016 but was a regular player in domestic cricket.
Overall, he played 125 First-Class cricket, 213 List A and 167 T20, picking 479, 286 and 222 wickets respectively.