If there were to be a list of greatest T20 fast bowler of all time Umer Gul would have to feature in top 3. Especially, because of his performances during the time from 2007-2011. In his 20 year career, he got 987 wickets. The 3 of the Greatest Spells in the history of T20 Cricket were his 4-8 Vs Australia in 2009, 5-6 Vs Newzealand in 2009 & 5-6 Vs South Africa in 2013.
He played 125 first-class, 213 List-A and 167 T20 matches, in which he collected 987 wickets. In a 237-match international career from 2003 to 2016, he captured 427 wickets.
Umer Gul made his country Proud so many times as he was a true Champion & King of Yorkers. From 47 Test matches, Gul took 163 wickets at an average of 34.06. He also claimed 179 wickets from 130 ODIs, besides 85 wickets from 60 T20Is.
Gul played professional cricket in Australia, England, India and Sri Lanka, representing Western Australia, Gloucestershire, Sussex, Kolkata Knight Riders and Uva Next, respectively, while his domestic sides were HBL, Multan Sultans, North West Frontier Province (now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), PIA, Peshawar and Quetta Gladiators.
In a statement late night on Friday, he said that he had made the decision with a “heavy heart and after a lot of thinking”.
“I have always played for Pakistan with all my heart and 100 per cent hard work. Cricket is and will always be my love and passion. But all good things have to come to an end.”
“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,” the 36-year-old said.
“Praying that the future will hold much more for me. Secondly, I would like to thank @TheRealPCB and all the coaches and people who have been a part of my cricketing journey. Special thanks to media, my fans and followers who made it all worthwhile n supported me at all times,” Gul said.
Tributes started to pour in for the Umer Gul who was known for his pace, accuracy and toe-crushing yorkers.
An era comes to an end. We Wish you all the best for your future. You will be missed by all cricket fans @mdk_gul