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Pakistan pacer Umar Gul announces retirement from all forms of cricket

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Pakistan speedster Umar Gul on Saturday announced he will retire from all forms of cricket after the end of the ongoing National T20 Cup.

The 36-year-old Gul, who played his last match for Pakistan — an ODI — in 2016, featured for Balochistan team in the National T20 Cup, which ends on Sunday.

His side lost against Southern Punjab (Pakistan) in Rawalpindi on Friday to be out of reckoning for the semifinals.

“With a very heavy heart and after a lot of thinking, i have decided to bid farewell to all formats of cricket after this National T20 Cup,” the 36-year-old wrote on his Twitter handle.

“I have always played for Pakistan with all my heart and 100% of hardwork. Cricket is and will always be my love and passion but all good things have to come to an end,” he added.

The Peshawar-born Gul made his international debut in an ODI in 2003. He played his first Test that year itself. His last Test was against South Africa in 2013.

From 47 Test matches, Gul took 163 wickets at an average of 34.06. He also claimed 179 wickets from 130 ODIs, besides 85 wickets from 60 T20Is.

“Praying that the future will hold much more for me. Secondly, I would like to thank @TheRealPCB and all the coaches and people who have been a part of my cricketing journey. Special thanks to media, my fans and followers who made it all worthwhile n supported me at all times,” Gul said.



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India’s tour of Australia: IPL 2020: Wriddhiman Saha celebrates his Test recall with a match-winning knock for SRH | Cricket News

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DUBAI: After registering a comprehensive 88-run victory over Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha said that he is happy to return to India’s Test squad for the tour of Australia.
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“I’m happy I got selected for the Tests in Australia,” said Saha after leading SRH to a much-needed win.
Delhi failed to chase down the massive target of 220 as they were bundled out for 131, stumbling to a heavy defeat. For SRH, Rashid Khan scalped three wickets while Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan took two wickets each.

With this win, Sunrisers Hyderabad have now moved to sixth place in the points table with 10 points from 12 matches. On the other hand, Delhi slipped to the third spot with 14 points from 12 matches.
“I got the opportunity for the second time this year and took my chances in the powerplay. Initially, the ball was holding a bit but I took my chances and went after it after the pitch eased out…We are looking forward to winning the last two matches…that’s our target now,” Saha told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
Saha top-scored with 87 runs for Hyderabad, enabling his team to put up the big total of 219/2 on the board. The wicketkeeper-batsman was earlier named in India’s 18-member squad for the upcoming Test series against Australia.

Saha and SRH skipper David Warner (66) led Sunrisers’ charge to set Delhi a big target.
Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson remained unbeaten on 44 and 11 respectively, while Anrich Nortje returned with figures of 1-37 in his four overs for Delhi.
Hyderabad will next lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.



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Sunrisers Hyderabad: IPL 2020: I bowl with a clear mind, that’s my biggest strength, says Rashid Khan | Cricket News

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DUBAI: Rashid Khan continues to bamboozle batsmen in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Afghanistan leg-spinner credited his astonishing success to bowling with a clear mind.
In Tuesday’s contest against Delhi Capitals in a do-or-die situation, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered a comfortable 88-run win to stay alive in the race for the play-offs, and Rashid returned incredible figures of 4-0-7-3 to make a significant contribution in Sunrisers’ win.
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“I just go with a clear mind, that’s my biggest strength. I want to bowl a good line and length, no matter the situation. You have to mix up and play with the batsman’s mind, and see the weak zone and strong zone of the batsman as well. So I keep those things in mind,” Rashid said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
The Afghan bowled 17 dot balls in his four-over quota.

“Winning the game was the most important. The wicket was helping a lot. What I’m mainly focusing on is to bowl economically, whether I get wickets or not. Dot balls help me to get wickets and it also helps the other end to get wickets,” he said.
His skipper David Warner was a happy man at the end of the match.
“The game before, we were disappointed with that chase. We defended last game, and with two world-class bowlers in (Anrich) Nortje and (Kagiso) Rabada we decided to go after it,” said the Australian.
“I went a little 2009 and opened my front leg to take it on. I took a bit of responsibility at the top of the order, and take it to the bowlers. It’s tough to play orthodox cricket in these conditions, so I have to open up 360 degrees,” he said of his batting style today.

The skipper added that it was a difficult decision to leave out Jonny Bairstow and replace him with Wriddhiman get Saha but the move paid off.
“Incredible knock from Saha though and his strike-rate in the powerplay was incredible. Unfortunately he’s got a little groin niggle but hopefully it isn’t too bad.”
Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer said he won’t be “bogged down” by the massive defeat.
“We still have two games. One win is all we need – we’ve been waiting for that since the last three games. This loss is definitely going to motivate us. I think we lost it in the powerplay itself, when they got 70+ runs,” he said.
“We need to have a strong and positive mindset. These loses are no going to put us down. We’ve been doing amazing before these three matches, and it shouldn’t get to our heads,” Iyer added.



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