Umar Gul Biography
Umar Gul is an international cricket from Pakistan who has represented his country in all three formats of the game. Born on the 14th of April, 1984, Umar Gul is a right arm fast medium bowler. He is regarded as one of the most successful bowlers for Pakistan.
Gul frequently played tape-ball cricket in his early days. After looking at his talent, his friends encouraged him to try his hand in international cricket and the rest in history.
Umar Gul has played only nine first class matches before being called up for the senior side. He played for Pakistan A, Peshawar and Pakistan International Airlines but did not make any significant impact.
The fast bowler made his ODI debut at the age of 19. On the 3rd of April, 2003, Gul played against Zimbabwe and took two wickets in his team’s win by 68 runs.
In the test debut against Bangladesh in August of the same year, Gul picked up only two wickets.
Rise to Glory
Umar Gul rose to prominence in 2003-04 series against India, when he tore apart the Indian line-up in the Lahore test by picking up a fifer and giving away just 31 runs. He was appreciated for his control over and ball and ability to stick to a length. He won the Man of the Match award for his performance.
Gul had his most successful test series against West Indies at home in 2006. He took 16 wickets in three tests, including notable spells of reverse swing bowling. He was responsible for breaking Ramnaresh Sarwan's toe with a dipping Yorker.
The pacer was the leading wicket taker in the 2007 and 2009 ICC World T20. His five-wicket haul for just six runs against New Zealand in 2009 won a special acclaim.
Gul was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008 to feature in the Indian Premier League. He played in six matches, taking 12 wickets at an average of 15.33.
He also featured in the 2008-09 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, having played for Western Warriors and picked up 12 wickets despite not being available for a major part of the tournament.
Umar Gul had a typical fast bowlers career that was marred with injuries. In 2004, he suffered a career-threatening injury that included three stress fractures on his back that kept him out of cricket for nearly two long years.
The legendary fast bowler is now getting even fewer opportunities in international cricket. He just needs to fill out the last pages of his cricketing biography just the way he started. His current stats of 300 international wickets make him one of the best bowlers for Pakistan ever.