The 32-year old Pakistan right-arm pacer Umar Gul has been looking for making a comeback again for his national team. He was not played for Pakistan for past 3 months due to injury and poor form.
He went out to state that he could not play as much due to injuries. He said,“I regret that I couldn’t play much of this season due to fitness issues and doctors had advised me to rest for around a month.”
“Most of the times, my fitness kept me out of action, hardly there was any incident when I was dropped on basis of my performance,” he added.
The 32-year old added that he was picked on the basis of his form. “I was picked on basis of my performance and form, and I agree that I could not perform according to the expectations of selectors and fans, but I was making a come back to ODI squad after a long time,” he said.
“I am not making any excuses for my inability to perform there, but I think if a proper run was provided, then I would he regained my rhythm there,” said Umar 179 and 163 wickets for Pakistan in 130 ODIs and 47 Tests respectively.
He also went on to add that making a comeback after being dropped should be for everyone. “This should be for everyone, be it a batsman or a bowler,” he said. “I made a comeback before Asia Cup, but I was dropped after just two T20Is, then I made a comeback earlier this year in England tour, this was my ODI comeback after 18 months, and I was dropped only after three ODIs,” he rued.
“I think my caliber is still the same,” he said. “My game hasn’t declined, the form is just a temporary thing and I believe that I can still contribute my part in making Pakistan win matches in future,” Gul said.