India vs Pakistan 2011 WC
India vs Pakistan 2011 WC | India win by 29 runs

Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul who announced his retirement on 17th October 2020 still feels for the 2011 World Cup loss. Pakistan faces India in the 2011 WC semi-finals where India beat them by 29 runs and qualified for the finals.

Umar Gul Recalls 2011 World Cup loss

Gul had conceded 69 runs in his 8 overs which makes India to settle in its comfort zone.

“I will always regret that I couldn’t perform in that match. That defeat hurts me, and will continue to hurt me,” Gul said. “I believe that it was a match Pakistan deserved to win. We were in top form during the tournament but against India in the semi-final, we couldn’t do what we were able to.”

Umar Gul in 2011 World cup semi-finals against India
Umar Gul in 2011 World cup semi-finals against India

Gul, though before this match, had a wonderful tournament where he picked up 14 wickets in seven games. “As long as Hafeez was playing, I was confident. Everyone was confident that we are going to chase but after his wicket, we couldn’t get any more partnerships,” he recalled.

Umar Gul on Sachin’s Dismissal

The pacer also talked about the DRS decision that went in favor of Sachin Tendulkar. “Everyone on the ground was confident that Sachin was out and everyone was surprised to see what DRS showed. I don’t know what happened there but it looked like that it was out. If we had managed to take Sachin’s wicket earlier, the result of the match could have been different,” he said.

“My career had several ups and downs, mostly because of injuries, but I remained focused and made a good comeback every time. Throughout my career, I was supported by my fans and they’re my biggest assets,” he mentioned.

“I always remained focused on my goals and targets. During tours, I kept myself busy at the ground and in training. Socialising was never my thing and that’s why I remained away from controversies despite being surrounded by glamourous cricketers of an era,” he said.

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