Umar Gul Biography, Age, Wife, Family, & Career Records

Umar Gul Biography

Umar Gul is a Pakistani fast bowler who has played all three formats of the game for his country. He is known for his ability to bowl at high speeds and his ability to swing the ball. Gul is a right-arm fast-medium bowler who can bowl at speeds of up to 150 km/h (93 mph). He is also a very accurate bowler and has a good record of taking wickets.

Gul was born in Peshawar, Pakistan, on October 15, 1982. He made his debut for the Pakistan national team in 2003. Gul quickly established himself as one of the leading fast bowlers in the world. He was a key member of the Pakistan team that won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20.

Gul has played over 100 matches for Pakistan in all three formats of the game. He has taken over 200 wickets in international cricket. Gul is a very popular cricketer in Pakistan and is considered one of the best fast bowlers of his generation.

Full NameUmar Gul
Date of Birth15 October 1982
BirthplacePeshawar, Pakistan
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
NephewAbbas Afridi
Jersey Number3
Family CastePashto

Umar Gul Wife & Family Details

Father:Gul Muhammad
Mother:Name Not Publicly Known
Wife:Zara Gul
Children:Two daughters and One son

Beyond the cricket field, Umar Gul is a family man. In October 2010, he tied the knot with a Dubai-based doctor, Zara, and their family welcomed a bundle of joy, a daughter named Rehab Umar, in May 2012. Umar has two daughters and one son.

Umar Gul Family Photo

Umar Gul Career Debut


  • Debut: 20 August 2003 against Bangladesh
  • Last Match: 14 February 2013 against South Africa
  • Total Matches: 47


  • Debut: 3 April 2003 against Zimbabwe
  • Last Match: 15 March 2013 against South Africa
  • Total Matches: 130


  • Debut: 4 September 2007 against Kenya
  • Last Match: 17 January 2016 against New Zealand
  • Total Matches: 60

Umar Gull International Career Stats

CompetitionMatchesRunsWicketsBest Bowling

Umar Gul Records

  • He was the fastest bowler to reach 50 wickets in ODI cricket, taking just 23 matches.
  • He was the first bowler to take 5 wickets in all three formats of the game in the same calendar year.
  • He was the highest wicket-taker for Pakistan in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20.
  • He was awarded the Player of the Tournament award for his performances in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20.
  • Second-highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 International cricket with 74 dismissals.
  • Won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year 2013.
  • Best T20I bowling figure until 8 August 2011.
  • Leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals behind teammate Shahid Afridi.

PSL and Franchise Career

2001/02–2005/06Pakistan International Airlines
2006/07–2018/19Habib Bank Limited
2008Kolkata Knight Riders
2008/09North-West Frontier
2008/09Western Australia
2012/13–2014/15Islamabad Leopards
2013/14Habib Bank
2014Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
2016–2017Quetta Gladiators
2018Multan Sultans

Early Life and Family Background

Born on October 15, 1982, in a middle-class family, Umar Gul’s cricketing journey began in the narrow streets of Peshawar. Umar Gul was encouraged by his friends who recognized his exceptional bowling skills during tape ball cricket matches.

Umar Gul comes from a supportive family, and his nephew, Abbas Afridi, is also a cricketer who plays for Multan Sultans in the PSL.

Umar Gul Coaching Career

  • Appointed as bowling consultant by the Afghanistan national cricket team in April 2022.
  • Given a permanent contract as the bowling coach of Afghanistan until the end of 2022 in May 2022.
  • Appointed as the interim bowling coach of the Pakistani cricket team for the Afghanistan series on 15 March 2023.

FAQs about Umar Gul

Q: How old is Umar Gul?

Umar Gul was born on October 15, 1982. As of today, November 17, 2023, he is 41 years old.

Q: Who is the wife of Umar Gul?

Umar Gul is married to Zara, a Dubai-based doctor. The couple tied the knot in October 2010.

Q: How many kids does Umar Gul have?

Umar Gul has two daughters and one son. Their family welcomed a daughter named Rehab Umar in May 2012.

Q: Is Abbas Afridi related to Umar Gul?

Yes, Abbas Afridi is related to Umar Gul. He is Umar Gul’s nephew.

Q: How fast is Umar Gul bowling?

Umar Gul’s bowling speed is between 145 and 150 km/h (90 and 93 mph).

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