Umar Gul retires from cricket
Published: 02:58 PM, 17 October 2020 Updated: 03:03 PM, 17 October 2020
Teammates and opponents give guard of honor to Gul in Rawalpindi (Photo: Collected)
Pakistan speedster Umar Gul retires from all forms of cricket and said goodbye to his 17-year cricket career. The T20 World Cup winner bowed out to a guard of honor from teammates and opponents after his final match in Rawalpindi on Friday.
It was a topsy-turvy journey for Gul, whose affair with cricket began on the crowded streets of Peshawar.
He entered the international arena exactly a month after the legendary pace duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis retired following Pakistan’s disastrous 2003 World Cup.
It was like the baton of swing bowling had been passed from one generation to another, Gul recalled.
The 36-year-old Gul said, “I want to be remembered as someone who tried his best for the country and it’s flattering that I was called ‘Gul-dozer’ during this memorable journey in cricket.”
It was tough to fill those shoes but I tried my best and it was great to lead Pakistan to the final of the T20 World Cup in 2007 and then to the title two years later, he added.
He finished with 163 Test and 179 ODI wickets, but he achieved his greatest success in T20 cricket, the start of his career coinciding with the launch of the shortest format in 2003.
Gul was at his destructive best in England in 2009, finishing as the top-wicket taker of the T20 World Cup with 13. That included a mesmerizing five wickets for just six runs in the semi-final win over New Zealand.