Waqar and Wasim are inspiration: Gul
Record-breaking Pakistan seamer Umar Gul dedicated his five-wicket Twenty20 haul to legendary spearheads Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram.cricket Updated: Jun 14, 2009 01:26 IST
Record-breaking Pakistan seamer Umar Gul dedicated his five-wicket Twenty20 haul to legendary spearheads Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram on Saturday.
Gul became the first bowler to claim five wickets in a T20 international as Pakistan roared back into contention in the world championships with a six-wicket win over New Zealand.
His figues of 5-6 in three overs helped skittle the Black Caps for a paltry 99 in 18.3 overs at the Oval in a crucial Super Eights match as Pakistan, the runners-up in 2007, stayed on course for the semi-finals.
"I have really developed my yorker by watching videos of Waqar and Wasim. They have really helped me," said Gul.
"In Twenty20, you have to be able to bowl the yorker, bouncer and the slower ball. Now I want to be the highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
"My captain just told me to go and get wickets and that's what I did."
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori, playing his first match of the tournament after suffering a shoulder injury, admitted his team had flopped.
"To score 99 wasn't good enough," said Vettori.
"Pakistan got the ball in all the right areas and attacked. We just didn't get any momentum going and that's important for all aspects of the game.
"It's a lottery trying to defend such a total."
Pakistan skipper Younis Khan was full of praise for Gul.
"His bowling was the turning point for us and it was a good toss to lose," said Younus.
First Published: Jun 14, 2009 01:24 IST