Pakistan news July 19, 2011

Gul ready to lead Pakistan attack

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Umar Gul, the Pakistan fast bowler, has said he is confident of being able to lead Pakistan's bowling attack in the absence of Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, both of whom have been banned from the game for at least five years for spot-fixing.

"I can handle the responsibility of leading the bowling attack for Pakistan and won't succumb to the pressure that comes with this added responsibility," Gul told Pakpassion.net. "I feel I have performed well for Pakistan over the years and will continue to do so."

Gul made his debut 2003 at the age of 19 and has become a fixture in all three formats, though his Twenty20 and one-day records are currently superior to his Test record, something he hopes to correct in the future. "In twenty-over cricket the bowlers have more energy, the batsmen take more risks and therefore it's easier to take wickets," Gul said. "Yes, no doubt in the past three or four years I've bowled well in the shorter formats of the game, but I enjoy Test cricket and it's only in the last 18 months that I haven't had great results in Test cricket.

"I'm working hard to improve my Test record and I am confident that I will succeed in that format also."

In the game's shortest version, Gul has taken 47 wickets from 34 T20Is at an average of 16.00 and an economy rate of 6.47, and credits the ability to think on his feet and adapt to changing circumstances for his success. It also helps to be able to mix it up as a bowler. "Variation also plays a major role in a bowler's armoury. You have to be able to bowl a good yorker and have the ability to mix up your pace, without the batsmen reading you. The variations are key, but it's also important that you use these varieties at the right time."

When asked about Pakistan's World Cup semi-final loss to India, a game in which Gul gave away 69 runs in eight overs, he said the pressure on Pakistan was immense and it was simply not his day. "The pressure on Pakistan was not the pressure of performing well or losing, rather it was the pressure of the mounting expectations from fans all over the world. In addition, there was a break of several days between the quarter-final and the semi-final and rather than just getting on to do the business of playing the match, we had to wait around for a few days before the match.

"That meant that the hype surrounding the match just grew and grew. Also the Indian side saw me as one of the key players in the Pakistan side and targeted my bowling that day. They were successful in their approach and unfortunately it wasn't my day."

Gul is currently playing for Sussex in the Friends Life t20 tournament and is relishing the experience, saying his stint there is important in his overall development as a cricketer. "The management team and the players are very good, there is a very professional and positive approach and there is no such thing as a blame culture. It doesn't matter if you have a good game or not, everyone backs each other and there is no criticism."

A number of other Pakistan internationals, including his former captain Shahid Afridi, are also competing in the same tournament, and Gul said he is enjoying going up against them. "We all know each others' strengths and weaknesses and I'm sure it makes for interesting viewing."

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  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    lol when did this turn into an India vs Pakistan debate....

    Gul is a world class bowler...he must work on his consistency. Yorkers are not going to work for him in test matches. He is good at yorkers...he must now work on his length and ability to stay fit.

    With aamer and asif gone..now more than ever he has tremendous pressure on his shoulders.

  • POSTED BY SaudAlvi on | July 21, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Pakistan has so many fast bowlers with potential , that fans can talk of umer gul as just another guy :). Lets not jump the gun - he was/is as talented if not more compared to all the alternatives being talked about. Every one has bad patches - he is a hard working player and a CLEAN player needs our support - getting thrashed by Shewag - that can happen to anyone .. ANYONE .. trust me there is no one in the world at this moment who shewag can't destroy on a batting pitch ( pitch with a side movement is a different story)

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | July 21, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @ g.narsimha: dear i wont coment on other things you wrote coz i think u r right. india played well to be at no1 test ranking & WC. this is game & one should take advantage of other error so its nothing luck or nothing else its just good indian game. BUT thing i wil say is " FULL STRENGTH PAK TEST Team?" wel that cant be right. yes it could b available team but nobody in that played more than 35 matches.even few have less than 20.& even all total of that team's palayer played less matches than dravid alone. indian 2nd grade team ( According to you) has laxman, dravid, dhoni, harbhajhan. & also stil that team has many palyers with average of 40 +.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Why is everybody forgetting how Wahab Riaz destroyed India in the semi? The only reason India won that semi was extremely and unbelievably poor batting from Pakistan, as well as 5 dropped catches and a bit of bias in umpiring!

    Sorry, but if you are going to bring up the question of the semi, here's the hard truth then ^^

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    India's fastest Bowler bowls at 75 Mph!! average speed of our spinner Shahid Afridi!! :P

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | July 20, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Umar Gul has a typical old fashioned mindset. He thinks that earlier on good length bowling will get you wickets and yorkers are to be used at the ending part of an innings. Good length bowling will get you wickets if you are a master of it which he is not Malinga is a successful bowler because he uses his weapon more often and even bowls yorkers at the start of an innings. Gul needs to learn that if his strength is yorker then he should bowl YORKERS no matter what part of the innings he is bowling at. He should solely focus on yorkers and should just bowl length bowling twice in an over. His yorkers are unplayable so he has the talent but he needs to use it more.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Why ppl are comparing Pak players with indian...

  • POSTED BY lethal007 on | July 20, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    @Sehwagologis: i think indian fans have forgotten the 1996 semi final defeat.........so my dear so called sports lovers or cric fans winning n losing thrashing and achieving is just a part n parcel of any game, what happen if pak lost and india won the semis.............n its not about an individual its about team and GUL is top performer although semi was n't the day.......... GUL u rocked the stumps of great ones your the best

  • POSTED BY abytude on | July 20, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    erm.. please dont trust him :) hes not a test bowler. Period. Unearth some one new and work on him.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    One of the few consistent bowlers in the world, please exclude the WC semi final, it can happen to anyone. He has a big task on his shoulders now considering Amir and Asif are no longer around but I think he has the experience to make it big. Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz can provide him with adequate support. Come on Pakistan!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 21, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    lol when did this turn into an India vs Pakistan debate....

    Gul is a world class bowler...he must work on his consistency. Yorkers are not going to work for him in test matches. He is good at yorkers...he must now work on his length and ability to stay fit.

    With aamer and asif gone..now more than ever he has tremendous pressure on his shoulders.

  • POSTED BY SaudAlvi on | July 21, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Pakistan has so many fast bowlers with potential , that fans can talk of umer gul as just another guy :). Lets not jump the gun - he was/is as talented if not more compared to all the alternatives being talked about. Every one has bad patches - he is a hard working player and a CLEAN player needs our support - getting thrashed by Shewag - that can happen to anyone .. ANYONE .. trust me there is no one in the world at this moment who shewag can't destroy on a batting pitch ( pitch with a side movement is a different story)

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | July 21, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @ g.narsimha: dear i wont coment on other things you wrote coz i think u r right. india played well to be at no1 test ranking & WC. this is game & one should take advantage of other error so its nothing luck or nothing else its just good indian game. BUT thing i wil say is " FULL STRENGTH PAK TEST Team?" wel that cant be right. yes it could b available team but nobody in that played more than 35 matches.even few have less than 20.& even all total of that team's palayer played less matches than dravid alone. indian 2nd grade team ( According to you) has laxman, dravid, dhoni, harbhajhan. & also stil that team has many palyers with average of 40 +.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Why is everybody forgetting how Wahab Riaz destroyed India in the semi? The only reason India won that semi was extremely and unbelievably poor batting from Pakistan, as well as 5 dropped catches and a bit of bias in umpiring!

    Sorry, but if you are going to bring up the question of the semi, here's the hard truth then ^^

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    India's fastest Bowler bowls at 75 Mph!! average speed of our spinner Shahid Afridi!! :P

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | July 20, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Umar Gul has a typical old fashioned mindset. He thinks that earlier on good length bowling will get you wickets and yorkers are to be used at the ending part of an innings. Good length bowling will get you wickets if you are a master of it which he is not Malinga is a successful bowler because he uses his weapon more often and even bowls yorkers at the start of an innings. Gul needs to learn that if his strength is yorker then he should bowl YORKERS no matter what part of the innings he is bowling at. He should solely focus on yorkers and should just bowl length bowling twice in an over. His yorkers are unplayable so he has the talent but he needs to use it more.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Why ppl are comparing Pak players with indian...

  • POSTED BY lethal007 on | July 20, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    @Sehwagologis: i think indian fans have forgotten the 1996 semi final defeat.........so my dear so called sports lovers or cric fans winning n losing thrashing and achieving is just a part n parcel of any game, what happen if pak lost and india won the semis.............n its not about an individual its about team and GUL is top performer although semi was n't the day.......... GUL u rocked the stumps of great ones your the best

  • POSTED BY abytude on | July 20, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    erm.. please dont trust him :) hes not a test bowler. Period. Unearth some one new and work on him.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    One of the few consistent bowlers in the world, please exclude the WC semi final, it can happen to anyone. He has a big task on his shoulders now considering Amir and Asif are no longer around but I think he has the experience to make it big. Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz can provide him with adequate support. Come on Pakistan!!!

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | July 20, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    AMJADZORK come on bro. how can that any good happens to india is by LUCK .we are no 1 by luck WORLD CHAPION is also luck if a batsman like miandad hits a last ball 6 of a rookybowler i,e magnificient but when BHAJJI hits a 6 of your AAMIR to win amatch how can its by luck.PLgive credit where it is due.SOMEBODY was talking that IDIA DONThave bowlers then how could pak NOT SCORE 260 0dd runs to win the match in semis of wc why your full strenght team couldnot win a test series in WI where as INDIAS 2nd grade team won matches in all formats with grate perrformance from our bolers speciallyby fast bowlers who are clocking in exess of 140 constantly now adays.where as your fast bowlers failed meserbly SAEEDAJMAL saved the for pak otherwise it was i mipossible to draw the series in WI

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    Well it was the same Muhammad Aamir who got Sachin Tendulkar out very quickly in centurion in the champions trophy by luring him into playing an outswinger and getting and edge.....so I guess we should look at both sides of the story

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | July 20, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Gul has some excellent records in overs format........but also need to cement his place as no.1 strike bowler in test matches as well.....

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | July 20, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Agree with Desihungama - @ Iqbal Singh, bhaji is not a proper batsman, that six you're talking about was just abit of luck...

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | July 20, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    gul is good in shorter format specialy t20 but his problm is in consistency. he could go from econ rate 3/4 - 8 in 2 games &same with wickets.thts the major issue

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Well.....india won only on its batting strengh....they didnt have the bowling......if this world cup was in some other country......i doubt they would have won......even wahab riaz or junaid khan....is a better bowler than any in india.....well.....to confirm this fact.....we must count the number of Pakistani and Indian bowlers who are playing in county.......and we would find the answer......if someone argues that Zaheer was highest wicket taker in the world cup then i would say that even southee and afridi were among the top lot......zaheer is a good bowler but he is the only one india has......so i guess india should do something in the bowling department

  • POSTED BY CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on | July 20, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    List of excuses from pakistanis keeps on and on and on gul had his headlight gul from the 3 overs to sehwag we lost toss,we dropped six catches,we had a long break in QF and SF we had lots of pressure from meda and fans we had misbah-ul-block playing for india and indians were playing a dead rubber without any expectations from 1.2 billions henceforth u dont deserve to win the match

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    @DesiHungama......did u forgot that Amir got smacked by Bhajji for six in the Asia Cup final...and Pak lost game...

  • POSTED BY Angad11 on | July 20, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Looks like he is still recoving from the trashing received from Sehwag in the WC.

  • POSTED BY ranjeetc on | July 19, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    Reading the expectations of the Pakistani fans, it just goes to show the quality of fast bowlers coming out from there. If they consider bowlers like Umar Gul, the last of the reverse swing clan from Pakistan, to be not good, then I think the fans need to be more realistic. He probably needs to focus on his strength as accurately pointed by @Wahaj Hashmi but getting rid of him and finding someone else as suggested is just plain ridiculous. I support the Indian team but Gul's bowling is just beautiful to watch. He failed at the semis, so what, every player has his ups and downs.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    He did what Zaheer did in 2003,, no doubt about the talent,,but nerves are a question mark...

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Umar Gul could loose his position to upcoming Fast Bowlers in Pakistan. Junaid Khan, Sohail Khan come to mind. He lacks penetrative spells when hit for a few runs. I am not impressed with his performance in last 6 months in any form of the game. I definitely would like to see that more youngsters are give a chance.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | July 19, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    No you can't Gul regardless of how novel the idea is. We saw you succumb to presurre first hand in WC semi final. Had Amir not lost his mind and got banned, India would have not scored 150. You bet.

  • POSTED BY Usman.Dublin on | July 19, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    I think Gull is not being good enough in last few months but he's an exceptional bowler when it comes to win the match that time he really holds his nerves and bowl good. I hope he get back Pakistan Bowling attack on track after Amir and Asif. In Youngster we have Wahab Riaz, whom being good in last few months but they should look for new faces as Tanvir is not good enough in one day and t20 cricket. His run rate is way higher than Normal in both formats So, Waqar and Aqib should spend more time in finding the best attack for Pakistan cricket. As we always know Pakistan have a good fast bowling talent in the whole world;) God Bless pakistan.

  • POSTED BY ABKD on | July 19, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    What type of pressure is umer gul talking about. It is your job as a sportsman to handle pressure in big 'crunch' games and any player or team who cannot handle pressure can never win. One has to play sports without feeling PRESSURE in order to perform well.

  • POSTED BY touqeer777 on | July 19, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    Why we miss Aamir and Asif too much is because of their consistency whether its T20,ODI or test cricket.they were too good but umer gul is very very inconsistent and can not handle pressure as the main bowler.Its due to PCB bad management that pak have lost such a great talent.Asif was great at test level and ODI and Aamir was extra ordinary in any format of cricket.we really miss them a lot.But we have good backup in the form of Junaid khan,Sohail Khan,Wahab Riaz.I thinkwith the time they will fill the gap created by aamir and asif.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 19, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    DISAPPOINTING. How can he boast of doing a good job. There was a short periode where is at good length but then he just broke down and presented a degraded performance after another. He is even getting hit for over 50 in 4 overs in counties. He lost pakistan the WC semifinal. He has lost his length and his yorkers percentage has come to 15% which once was arround 85%. He should be humble and boast of doing allright.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    he is an average bowler and he will remain as that.. and he'll never perform in pressure, like he did in semifinals. plus he can hardly take wickets by pitching the ball, so its useless to pin hopes on him.. and he has lost the pace in last few months..all in all.. he shouldn't be the part of the future plans as he won't deliver in pressure situations.. pls. keep t20 aside

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    He's been just too disappointing after rocking the world with his thunderous yorkers two years back. For some reason he tries to pull of a Mcgrath all the time now by bowling nonstop back of length rubbish trying to get something out of the deck, he needs to understand that's simply not his style of bowling. His strength is pitching the ball straight up to the batsman's toes and getting it to reverse, even in tests. For some reason he seems to be missing out on such a basic aspect. Atleast keep it full if you don't prefer bowling yorkers in tests which shouldn't be the case in the first place.

  • POSTED BY sarasafir on | July 19, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    As upsetting as it is to see Amir and Asif gone, its good to see Gul knows what he needs to do and that he will not fall to any wrong doings. world class player.

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | July 19, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Umar Gul is just too inconsistent at the moment and can't even get into the Sussex team on a regular basis. He is in danger of being overtaken by the likes of Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz and Tanvir Ahmed.

  • POSTED BY mohsin85 on | July 19, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    In my opinion Umar Gul is exceptional T20 bowler, good ODI bowler but average Test bowler. He has to improve his fitness and stamina to be successful at Test level.

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  • POSTED BY mohsin85 on | July 19, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    In my opinion Umar Gul is exceptional T20 bowler, good ODI bowler but average Test bowler. He has to improve his fitness and stamina to be successful at Test level.

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | July 19, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Umar Gul is just too inconsistent at the moment and can't even get into the Sussex team on a regular basis. He is in danger of being overtaken by the likes of Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz and Tanvir Ahmed.

  • POSTED BY sarasafir on | July 19, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    As upsetting as it is to see Amir and Asif gone, its good to see Gul knows what he needs to do and that he will not fall to any wrong doings. world class player.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    He's been just too disappointing after rocking the world with his thunderous yorkers two years back. For some reason he tries to pull of a Mcgrath all the time now by bowling nonstop back of length rubbish trying to get something out of the deck, he needs to understand that's simply not his style of bowling. His strength is pitching the ball straight up to the batsman's toes and getting it to reverse, even in tests. For some reason he seems to be missing out on such a basic aspect. Atleast keep it full if you don't prefer bowling yorkers in tests which shouldn't be the case in the first place.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    he is an average bowler and he will remain as that.. and he'll never perform in pressure, like he did in semifinals. plus he can hardly take wickets by pitching the ball, so its useless to pin hopes on him.. and he has lost the pace in last few months..all in all.. he shouldn't be the part of the future plans as he won't deliver in pressure situations.. pls. keep t20 aside

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 19, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    DISAPPOINTING. How can he boast of doing a good job. There was a short periode where is at good length but then he just broke down and presented a degraded performance after another. He is even getting hit for over 50 in 4 overs in counties. He lost pakistan the WC semifinal. He has lost his length and his yorkers percentage has come to 15% which once was arround 85%. He should be humble and boast of doing allright.

  • POSTED BY touqeer777 on | July 19, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    Why we miss Aamir and Asif too much is because of their consistency whether its T20,ODI or test cricket.they were too good but umer gul is very very inconsistent and can not handle pressure as the main bowler.Its due to PCB bad management that pak have lost such a great talent.Asif was great at test level and ODI and Aamir was extra ordinary in any format of cricket.we really miss them a lot.But we have good backup in the form of Junaid khan,Sohail Khan,Wahab Riaz.I thinkwith the time they will fill the gap created by aamir and asif.

  • POSTED BY ABKD on | July 19, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    What type of pressure is umer gul talking about. It is your job as a sportsman to handle pressure in big 'crunch' games and any player or team who cannot handle pressure can never win. One has to play sports without feeling PRESSURE in order to perform well.

  • POSTED BY Usman.Dublin on | July 19, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    I think Gull is not being good enough in last few months but he's an exceptional bowler when it comes to win the match that time he really holds his nerves and bowl good. I hope he get back Pakistan Bowling attack on track after Amir and Asif. In Youngster we have Wahab Riaz, whom being good in last few months but they should look for new faces as Tanvir is not good enough in one day and t20 cricket. His run rate is way higher than Normal in both formats So, Waqar and Aqib should spend more time in finding the best attack for Pakistan cricket. As we always know Pakistan have a good fast bowling talent in the whole world;) God Bless pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | July 19, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    No you can't Gul regardless of how novel the idea is. We saw you succumb to presurre first hand in WC semi final. Had Amir not lost his mind and got banned, India would have not scored 150. You bet.