Gul eyes October return against SA

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    Umar Gul, the Pakistan fast bowler, has admitted he felt disappointed watching his team-mates play without him, but added he was not worried about the time he has lost due to injury. Gul is currently at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, undergoing rehabilitation following knee surgery. His return for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour remains unlikely, and he is eyeing the South Africa series in October after regaining full fitness.

    Gul sustained the knee injury in March during the second ODI against South Africa in Centurion and has been sidelined since. He travelled to Australia for surgery and after six weeks of rest, began his rehabilitation. He, however, has restricted himself to the gym and bowling from a spot along with minor jogging. "I don't want to press for a hasty return," Gul told ESPNcricinfo. "According to the doctor, I could have started training after a four-week gap, but I don't want to take risks and would rather take my time to recover."

    This isn't the first instance of Gul being forced to sit out due to injury. He faced a career-threatening situation when he was diagnosed with three stress fractures of the back during India's tour of Pakistan in 2004 and missed over a year of cricket. His present knee injury had ruled him out of the final Test against South Africa earlier this year. He came back to play the first two ODIs, but missed the rest of the series, the Champions Trophy and the recent West Indies tour.

    "I am not worried about my lost time though it is a tough phase sitting out," said Gul, who is currently Pakistan's most experienced bowler with 47 Tests and 116 ODIs. "Yes, sometimes I do feel pinched watching my colleagues playing without me but they are doing a good job. Injuries are part of life as earlier I was out of action for more than a year [in 2004 and 2005]. This time it's not that serious but still surgery was required.

    "I have been completely inactive in swinging my arms and obviously with such a gap you need to rework your strength though the basics remain the same," he said. "I am hoping to be fit by Zimbabwe but my main target is the South Africa series. I am currently just gaining back my strength with gym work and will start bowling with a run-up in the next three to four days."

    Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan have become an integral part of the Pakistan attack, but Gul spoke about the importance of having a senior bowler with the mix of inexperienced fast bowlers.

    "They are doing a good job but having a senior around will be very supportive for them," he said. "Every player has to cope with pressure but speaking to a senior player will help them to handle it better so it would be a privilege for me to stand for them at mid-on or mid-off and help them when they need me. I wanted a senior to stand beside me , talk to me and help me out of press.

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    iAd Sultan of Swing

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    Don't know why but I'm looking forward towards his comeback. As long as it's not in Tests
     
  3. SwingNSeam
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    SwingNSeam Boom Boom

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    Hopefully he isnt crap this time around. We need the 2009 Gul to comeback, especially with the great death bowling and his famous, EFFECTIVE yorkers.
     
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    iAd Sultan of Swing

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    He's been trouble with the injury since mid 2012.

    I saw him uploading pics on twitter. Looked relaxed and happy. Got a much needed break.
     
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    SwingNSeam Boom Boom

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    He's going to replace Wahab/Asad Ali.
     
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    baqir Cornered Tiger

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    Umar Gul will need to perform or he'll be axed because Pakistan already has a good bowling attack.

    Well, I wish him good luck in his fitness test:)
     
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    Gul will be a better option against South Africa as 3rd seamer. I hope he gets enough FC matches before being selected for SA series.
     
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    Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

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    He should be our 3rd pacer in ODIs and T20 although he should quit playing tests and leave it to guys like Rahat, Junaid, Irfan, etc.
     
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    Boi Emerging Player

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    He'll complete our attack. Just what we need at the 3rd seamer. Wish him a speedy recovery insha'Allah! :)
     
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    CricketFan96 Smooth Operator

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    Umar Gul, to return big. Hopefully he'll enjoy the time bowling with lamboo Mohammad Irfan. Nice to see him coming back, hope he has something special in delight this time.
     
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    ALbIe Smooth Operator

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    He will let all of you down again!
     
  13. PakistanZindabad!
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    PakistanZindabad! Cornered Tiger

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    So who's a better death bowler than him?
     
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    Fireworks11 Kaptaan

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    Hoping the rest has done him well. He will slot straight back in.
     
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    1137moiz Tracer Bullet

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    Gul's always been a good 3rd bowler and struggles to lead the attack, so with very competent up-front bowlers in Irfan and Junaid I hope that he can slot in InshaAllah
     
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    Zain Youngsta Beauty

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    Here this.
     
  17. Namak_Halaal
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    Namak_Halaal Banned

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    Sorry but Gul is finished.

    Yes he skooled the world on full and straight bowling at the death, but his time has come and gone.
     

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