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Umar Gul

06 March, 2007

A fast bowler of growing repute, Umar Gul is the latest in Pakistan's assembly-line of pace-bowling talent. He had played just nine first-class matches when called up for national duty in the wake of Pakistan's poor 2003 World Cup.

Full name: Umar Gul

Born: October 15, 1982, Peshawar, North-Western Frontier Province

Current age: 24 years

Major teams :Pakistan, Gloucestershire, Pakistan A, Pakistan International Airlines

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

 Statsguru :Test player, ODI player


Batting and fielding averages
MatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100504s6sCtSt
Tests 14 17 2 116 26 7.73 303 38.28 0 0 15 3 4 0
ODIs 25 4 1 34 17* 11.33 71 47.88 0 0 4 0 2 0
First-class 39 43 7 404 46 11.22     0 0     10 0
List A 57 19 9 85 17* 8.50     0 0     7 0
Twenty20 8 5 1 28 11 7.00 26 107.69 0 0     4 0

Bowling averages
MatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4510
Tests 14 3141 1868 61 5/31 9/164 30.62 3.56 51.49 5 3 0
ODIs 25 1153 883 30 5/17 5/17 29.43 4.59 38.43 0 1 0
First-class 39 7974 4605 184 8/78   25.02 3.46 43.33 12 12 1
List A 57 2740 2169 74 5/17 5/17 29.31 4.74 37.02 1 1 0
Twenty20 8 178 195 13 4/21 4/21 15.00 6.57 13.69 1 0 0

 

Career statistics
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Test debut  Pakistan v Bangladesh at Karachi - Aug 20-24, 2003 
Last Test  Pakistan v West Indies at Karachi - Nov 27-Dec 1, 2006 
ODI debut  Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah - Apr 3, 2003 
Last ODI  Pakistan v West Indies at Karachi - Dec 16, 2006 
First-class span  2001/02 - 2006/07
List A span  2002/03 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2004/05 - 2006/07

 

Profile:

On the flat tracks of Sharjah, Gul performed admirably, maintaining excellent discipline and getting appreciable outswing with the new ball. Gul isn't in the Shoaib Akhtar category in terms of pace, but his exceptional control and ability to extract seam movement marks him out. Further, his height enables him to extract bounce on most surfaces and from his natural back of a length, it is a useful trait. His biggest moment in his brief international career came in the Lahore Test against India in 2003-04. Unfazed by a daunting batting line-up, Gul tore through the Indian top order with his ability to move the ball both ways off the seam at a sharp pace. His 5 for 31 in the first innings gave Pakistan the early initiative which they drove home to win the Test and level the series. Unfortunately, that was his last cricket of any kind for over a year as he discovered three stress fractures in his back immediately after the Test. The injury would have ended many an international career, but Gul returned, fitter and sharper than before in late 2005. He wasn't picked for the winter series against England but finally put on a Pakistan shirt against India in the ODI series at home in February 2006. He went to Sri Lanka and opened the bowling in both Tests with Mohammad Asif and showed further signs of rehabilitation by lasting both Tests but it was really the second half of 2006, where he fully came of age. Leading the attack against England and then the West Indies as Pakistan's main bowlers suffered injuries, Gul stood tall, finishing Pakistan's best bowler. An ankle injury stopped him from playing in South Africa but with Mohammad Sami fading, Gul has established himself, along with Asif, as the most promising quick in the land. In October he signed a one-year contract with Gloucestershire for the 2007 season.


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