Pakistan quick bowler, Umar Gul, just lately opened up about his expertise of taking part in within the Indian Premier League. The inaugural version of IPL was held in 2008 and it was the primary of its form franchise-based T20 league.

Resulting from hostile relations between Pakistan and India, no Pakistani has taken half within the competitors after opening season. Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar, Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Salman Butt together with many others had been a part of the competitors.


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Gul who was the best wicket-taker within the 2007 World T20 with 13 wickets at a mean of 11.92, was drafted by Kolkata Knight Riders, captained by Sourav Ganguly who’s the present BCCI Chairman.

In a latest interview, Gul mentioned that it was a terrific expertise to participate within the league. He mentioned that again in 2008, the connection between the 2 nations was good and the Pakistani gamers had an enormous fan following in India.

The 36-year-old additional added that every time Pakistanis toured India, be it for IPL or a bilateral sequence, followers had been very hospitable. He mentioned it’s onerous to elucidate the variety of passionate cricket followers in India and the fan following Pakistani gamers have within the nation.

He mentioned, despite the fact that we had been allowed to journey exterior the resort room and roam across the metropolis, it was inconceivable for us to get out with no safety staff and transfer round freely. Pakistani gamers weren’t allowed that luxurious in Mumbai although, we didn’t play in Mumbai because of the safety fears within the metropolis. Other than that, individuals in each different metropolis had been very hospitable and type in direction of the Pakistani gamers.


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Umar Gul is considered one of many best bowlers in T20 cricket historical past and his file speaks for itself. 85 wickets at a mean of 17 and an economic system fee of seven.19 in T20 Internationals justify him as one of many biggest bowlers in T20 cricket historical past.

Umar Gul just lately introduced that he’ll quickly retire from all types of cricket. At the moment, the 36-year-old is participating within the ongoing Nationwide T20 Cup and will likely be seen in motion donning the Balochistan jersey. That is going to be his final match as knowledgeable cricketer and can pursue his teaching after his retirement.

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