Being an early 80's child I have been accustomed to seeing some of the best pace bowlers the history of cricket has seen, not least from the land of fast bowlers, Pakistan. Pakistan have always had an abundance of riches when it comes to pace bowling, bowlers that would reach many peoples World elevens aplenty. There has never been a shortage of quality, until now.
Nature can't be blamed for this dearth in talent, as Pakistan had the best new ball pair in the World at this time. Sadly they chose to go in the wrong path, rather than write their own bit of greatness in the history of Pakistan fast bowling. The demise of the two Mohammad's, Asif and Amir, brought the pressure on Umar Gul and he was left with the responsibility to lead the attack.
To be fair, Gul started with great endeavour. He seemed to rise to the new added pressure on him. He saw this, a chance to come out of the shadows of Asif and Amir and make his own mark. Gul seemed a match winner, someone finally repaying that huge potential that everyone knew he had. Before this he had only really done it in Twenty20 cricket, with ODI's to some extent. Now Gul had arrived in Test cricket too, someone that had gained the respect of his teammates and opposition alike.