8. Umar Gul

With the annexation of most of the Pakistani Team following the 2003 World Cup Debacle, few Pakistani bowlers have emerged that hold up to the exceptionally high standards of Pakistani Bowling. Discounting disgraced bowlers – Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, it has been Umar Gul who has been keeping the tradition of reverse swing bowling alive in Pakistan over the last few years. While a slew of injuries forced him to concentrate more on the shorter formats of the game, Gul has used reverse swing brilliantly in both T20s and ODIs. More than his skill, it has been his death bowling that has been particularly outstanding. Apart from bowling reverse swinging yorkers, he has been able to stem runs with brilliantly accurate yorkers bowled way outside the off stump just short of being wide. This has made him as perhaps the best death bowler in the world.

Here is one of Gul’s finest performances in ODIs, a career best 6/42 against England when his team needed it the most.


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