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Umar Gul

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
Pakistan, Habib Bank Limited, Islamabad Leopards, North West Frontier Province Panthers, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan A, PCB Blues, Pakistan International Airlines, Peshawar, Peshawar Panthers, Kolkata, Western Australia, Pakistan Under-19, Sussex, Uva Next
Roles played:
Bowler
ICC Rank:
Batting:
0
Bowling:
25
Batting:
0
Bowling:
51
Batting:
0
Bowling:
37
Home country:
Pakistan
Born:
April 14, 1984, Peshawar, North-Western Frontier Province

Profile

After speedsters Shoaib Akhtar and Muhammad Asif’s date with controversy, heads turned to Umar Gul to spearhead Pakistan’s pace attack in 2006. It had been three years since Gul made his debut in 2003 at Sharjah, replacing the Pakistani spell that failed to impress during the World Cup. With a flowing high-arm action, Gul’s precision, panache with swing, and ability to bowl yorkers at will meant in him, Pakistan found its replacement for the legendary Waqar Younis.

Gul’s champagne moment came in 2004, when he ripped through the world-class Indian batting line-up on tour to take his first five-for. A multiple stress fracture halted his progress, forcing him to sit through the whole of 2005. He returned in 2006, but unfortunately, it coincided with Pakistan’s slump in Test form. He did help Pakistan to its last Test series victory, against West Indies.

Gul continued to do well in the longer and shorter forms, earning first favour with the rubber in the 2007 World Cup, though poor batting performances saw the team making an early exit from the tournament. As Twenty20 cricket grew popular, Gul soon became the World’s finest in the format. He helped them to a final spot in the 2007 World Twenty20, eventually lifting the trophy in 2008.

In 2012, Gul was signed up by Uva Next for the inaugural edition of the Sri Lanka Premier League, and helped them win the Twenty20 competition. Later that year, he was also named in the squad for their maiden Champions League T20.


Fast Facts

  • Umar Gul was the leading wicket-taker in the 2007 World Twenty20.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 47 67 577 9 9.94 47.92 0 1 65*
ODI 124 63 451 17 9.80 70.80 0 0 39
T20 56 25 164 8 9.64 107.19 0 0 32
IPL 6 4 39 1 13 205.26 0 0 24
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 47 90 9599 5553 163 6/135 / 34.06 3.47 12 4 0 222
ODI 124 122 5782 4966 173 6/42 / 28.70 5.15 4 2 0 230
T20 56 56 1131 1340 80 5/6 / 16.75 7.10 4 2 0 62
IPL 6 6 135 184 12 4/23 / 15.33 8.17 1 0 0 18
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 11 0 2
ODI 15 0 10
T20 18 0 4
IPL 0 0 1

Career

Span:
Test:
2003-2013
 
ODI:
2003-2014
 
T20:
2007-2014
 
IPL:
2008-2008
Test
Debut:
Pakistan Vs Bangladesh at National Stadium, Karachi - Aug 20, 2003
Last played:
Pakistan Vs South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town - Feb 14, 2013
ODI
Debut:
Pakistan Vs Zimbabwe at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah - Apr 03, 2003
Last played:
Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Mar 08, 2014
T20
Debut:
Pakistan Vs Kenya at Nairobi Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi - Sep 04, 2007
Last played:
Pakistan Vs West Indies at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 01, 2014
IPL
Debut:
Kolkata Vs Rajasthan at Sawai Mansingh Stadium (Chogan Stadium), Jaipur - May 01, 2008
Last played:
Kolkata Vs Punjab at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) - May 25, 2008
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