Pakistan cricket team fast bowler Umar Gul, who is known for his dangerous yorkers, has retired from all forms of cricket.
Umar Gul, 36, played his last match for Balochistan against Southern Punjab in the National T20 Cup. In terms of performance, the match was disappointing for him and he could not get a wicket for 34 runs in two overs, but when he was said goodbye at the end of the match, he could barely control his emotions.
With tears in his eyes, he thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board, his teammates and his fans. On this occasion, the players of Balochistan and Southern Punjab lined up on both sides and waved the bat in the air and gave them guard of honor.
Omar Gul’s international career came to an end four years ago, but his career has been impressive. He took 163 wickets in 47 Test matches. He has taken 179 wickets in 130 ODIs.
T20 was Umar Gul’s favorite format. He took 85 wickets in 60 T20 International matches. While Umar Gul managed to take 479 wickets in first class cricket.
After a disappointing performance in the 2003 World Cup, when the Pakistani team was uprooted, a few new faces were seen in the team. Omar Gul was one of them. His first introduction to the wicket, which has been declared a batsman’s paradise in Sharjah, was impressive.
In the first innings of the Lahore Test against India in 2004, his brilliant performance of 5 wickets for just 31 runs laid the foundation for Pakistan’s victory. Among those who were dismissed were Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Parthiv Patel.
Famous for Dangerous Yorker:
Omar Gul’s fame is due to his yorker balls which he used so well that the spectators would get excited but the players would lose consciousness.
Umar Gul’s bowling played a key role in the dominance of the Pakistani cricket team in T20 cricket, especially in the 2009 T20 World Cup. His bowling was at its peak which helped Pakistan to become world champions.
He took the most 13 wickets in this world tournament. Interestingly, the number of wickets he took in the first T20 World Cup in 2007 was 13, which was the highest number of wickets of any bowler in this event.
Fans cannot forget Umar Gul’s numerous bowling spells in T20 Internationals. In the 2009 T20 World Cup, he took five wickets for just six runs in the Oval against New Zealand. It was the first time in a T20 International that a bowler had taken five wickets.
He repeated the five-wicket haul against South Africa in 2013 with six runs off just 14 balls in Centurion and became the highest wicket-taker in T20 Internationals at the time.
He was also dominant in Dubai against Australia in 2009 when he took four wickets for just eight runs in four overs.
Omar Gul was the third most successful bowler in T20 Internationals after Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal for a while and is currently the fifth highest wicket-taker. He wanted to complete his wicket century in a format that could not be completed.
The first cricketer from the village of world squash champions
Omar Gul hails from the village of Nawakli, near Peshawar, because of his reputation as a world squash champion. When he arrived in his hometown after winning the 2009 T20 World Cup, he was surprised to see a large crowd.
When asked if people will now remember Novakli in reference to him, Omar Gul bluntly said that the first right belongs to the great squash players who have won many world awards.
After the retirement of Umar Gul, many hashtags are trending on social media in which Umar Gul has been described by Pakistan’s leading batsman Babar Azam as one of the most skilled bowlers. “Your yorkers and spells to Pakistan will always be remembered.”
Fast bowler Hassan Ali said that Umar Gul was one of the few bowlers who impressed him in cricket. According to Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik, every moment played with Umar Gul has been the best for him….