Pakistan pacer Umar Gul has announced he is retiring from all forms of cricket. He was born on this day in 1984 to a middle-class family in Peshawar. After the clinical Wasim Akram-Waqar Younis era, Umar Gul became one of the most consistent bowlers for the national team. But his career was marred with injuries which made his comeback to the side difficult.
Umar Gul is a Pakistani former cricketer, who played all three formats of the game as a right-arm fast-medium bowler for the Pakistani cricket team. He gained fame as one of the most successful bowlers in Twenty20 cricket finishing as the leading wicket-taker and bowler in both the 2007 and 2009 Twenty20 World Championship tournaments.
Umar Gul was the second-highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 International cricket, with 74 dismissals, behind Saeed Ajmal. He won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year 2013.
Gul started playing tapped-ball cricket. It was his friends who saw the initial spark in him and suggested he could represent the national team. The right-arm medium-pacer tied the knot with a Dubai-based doctor in 2010 and was blessed with a daughter, Rehab, in 2012.
In an unceremonious incident, his house was raided by Pakistan commandos to arrest his brother Meeraj Gul. There were false accusations that his brother was hiding a wanted militant. However later, the commandos had apologized to his brother, for their mistake.
Gul is fifth on the list of all-time highest wicket-taker in T20. He has picked up 85 wickets from 60 matches at an average of 16.97. He returned the best bowling figures of an astonishing 5/6.
On 16 October 2020, after the final group-stage match of the 2020–21 National T20 Cup, Gul retired from all forms of cricket following a career that spanned twenty years.