Umar Gul, who signed off his 20 years professional cricket career on Friday (October 16), revealed that one of the biggest regrets of his career was the semi-final defeat against India in the World Cup 2011.
Before that semi-final match, he was the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan. He had snared 14 wickets in seven matches. But against India, Gul went wicketless while also was expensive in his eight overs. India had set up 261 runs target, but Pakistan was all out for 231 runs. Eventually, the Men in Blue lifted the trophy of the World Cup 2011.
While speaking to Geo Super, Umar Gul was asked to share one of his regret of cricket career. He then opened up that he regrets his unproductive performance against India in that semi-final. The pacer added that that defeat hurts him till now because he believed that Pakistan deserved to win that match.
“I will always regret that I couldn’t perform in that match. That defeat hurts me, and will continue to hurt me,” Gul said. “I believe that it was a match Pakistan deserved to win. We were in top form during the tournament but against India in the semi-final, we couldn’t do what we were able to,” Umar Gul said.
Umar Gul on Sachin Tendulkar’s DRS controversy:
Recalling that match, Umar Gul said that they were hopeful for victory until Mohammed Hafeez was in the crease, but unfortunately, wickets slumped up.
“As long as Hafeez was playing, I was confident. Everyone was confident that we are going to chase but after his wicket, we couldn’t get any more partnerships,” he recalled.
Talking about Sachin Tendulkar’s controversial DRS, Umar Gul said that his side was surprised when the decision was out was reversed. He hoped that if they had dismissed Sachin early, the results could have been different.
“Everyone on the ground was confident that Sachin was out and everyone was surprised to see what DRS showed. I don’t know what happened there but it looked like that it was out. If we had managed to take Sachin’s wicket earlier, the result of the match could have been different,” he said.
Sachin Tendulkar had scored 85 runs off 115 balls while Pakistan could not produce Sachin like performance. As a result, they fall out of the competition.