Monday 20 September 2010 

Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Umar Gul

Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Umar Gul
Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Umar Gul
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Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after his six-wicket haul helped his side to a 23-run win over England in the third One-Day International at The Oval.

After Pakistan were dismissed for 241, Gul returned six for 42 as England were bowled out for 218 in reply.

Gul's mastery of reverse swing proved too much for England's batsmen to handle and he dismissed Andrew Strauss, Eoin Morgan, Michael Yardy, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann on his way to career-best figures in all one-day cricket.

His efforts earned Pakistan their first win since allegations of spot-fixing against them first surfaced earlier on in the tour and although they went on to win at The Oval, further allegations of fixing during their batting innings later emerged.

Gul's performance, however, remains a rare bright moment on a difficult tour for Pakistan on and off the pitch.

Other contenders for the weekly award included Strauss and Morgan for their half-centuries in the same game.

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