Former Pakistan cricket team fast bowler Umar Gul said that he could not forget the semi-final defeat against India in the 2011 World Cup in Mohali. The grief of this defeat is still there and will remain forever.
In an exclusive interview with a private TV channel after his retirement, Umar Gul spoke openly about the ups and downs of his career, memorable moments, and future plans.
Umar Gul said that since the beginning of playing cricket, the only goal was to play for Pakistan, which he thought Allah gave more than that, Umar Gul said he faced a lot of difficulties, he also suffered from injuries but he always backed up and performed well.
Umar Gul most memorable moments
To a question, Umar Gul said that the most memorable moment of his career was when he represented Pakistan for the first time and kissed the star, that moment he still remembers today and the memorable performance in the Lahore Test against India. These include taking 5 wickets and then performing against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup.
He said that while his happy memories are related to the match against India, disappointing moments were also found in the matches against India.
The grief of defeat in the 2011 World Cup Semi-final
Umar Gul said he will always regret losing the 2011 World Cup semi-final, sadly he was in good form in the tournament but he could not bowl well in this match, Pakistan could have won that match and if they had won The World Cup was also to be for Pakistan.
Decision that surprised Umar Gul
To a question, Umar Gul said that everyone was surprised at the decision of DRS on Sachin Tendulkar’s LBW. If the decision of the field umpire does not change and Sachin’s wicket is found soon, the result of the match would be different. Maybe it was because of Sachin’s batting that India managed to take the score to 260.
How Umar Gul avoided conflicts
Umar Gul has been known for his dangerous yorkers in his career but still, he is not known as an aggressive bowler. He kept a mild temperament and always kept himself busy, even on tours he focused only on cricket and training, never socialized and that is the reason why he avoided conflicts.
Selection criteria should be first-class cricket according to Umar Gul
The fast bowler, who has represented Pakistan in 130 ODIs, 47 Tests, and 60 T20I matches, emphasized the need to prioritize first-class performances for selection as players nowadays prefer red-ball cricket to T20 leagues. Many cricketers are not interested in Tests because they are aiming to perform in the National T20 and be selected in the Pakistan Super League. Selection criteria should be first-class cricket, not PSL or T20 tournament.
Fast bowlers that are future of Pakistan Cricket Team
He said the new fast bowlers like Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Musa, Haris Rauf, and Hasnain, they all are the future of the team but the success will be the one who will continue the process of learning and try to learn things as soon as possible. Shaheen Afridi is a player who tries to learn things quickly while Naseem Shah has to work on his fitness if he wants to play long in Test cricket because he has not played so much first-class yet and has entered Test cricket very soon.
Umar Gul Future Plans
To a question, Umar Gul said that he will try to remain associated with cricket in the future because whatever he is now is because of Pakistan cricket, in the future there will be an effort to give something to Pakistan, at least one or two players who are necessary for Pakistan cricket who can give something to Pakistan Cricket.
Alhamdulillah 🙏 Playing for Pakistan was my dream and Allah gave me great honor. I am proud. https://t.co/dTBG3CxdqR— Umar Gul (@mdk_gul) October 13, 2020
#DidYouKnow, Umar Gul, who retired from all cricket on Friday, leads the all-time @MRFWorldwide ICC T20I Rankings for bowling 🔥— ICC (@ICC) October 18, 2020
What is your favourite memory of him from international cricket? pic.twitter.com/rwlenXGKse
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