Gul Mohammad

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This article is about the cricket player, for the Guantanamo detainee see Mohammad Gul. For the former shortest man in the world, see Gul Mohammed.
Gul Mohammad
Cricket information
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium pace
International information
National side
Test debut 22 June 1946 
India v England
Last Test 11 October 1956 
Pakistan v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 9 118
Runs scored 205 5,614
Batting average 12.81 33.81
100s/50s 0/0 12/21
Top score 34 319
Balls bowled 77 7,295
Wickets 2 107
Bowling average 12.00 27.20
5 wickets in innings 3
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 2/21 6/60
Catches/stumpings 3 60
Source: [1]

Gul Mohammad About this sound pronunciation , sometimes referred to as Gul Mahomed, (15 October 1921, Lahore – 8 May 1992, Lahore) played Test cricket for India and Pakistan. He was educated at Islamia College, Lahore.

Gul Mohammad was a small man who stood only 5' 5, but a brilliant attacking left-handed batsman and fine fielder in the covers. He made his first class debut at the age of 17 and hit 95 in his first match in the Bombay Pentangular. In 1942/43, he scored 144 for Bijapur Famine XI against Bengal Cyclone XI and added 302 with Vijay Hazare. On a slow, flat wicket, the first innings of the two teams added up to 1376 runs.[2]

Gul Mohammad's most famous innings is the 319 that he scored for Baroda against Holkar in the final of the 1946/47 Ranji Trophy [3]. Gul joined Vijay Hazare with the score at 91 for 3 and when he was out 533 minutes later, they had added 577 runs, then a world record for any wicket in first class cricket. Hazare scored 288 in ten and a half hours. During the course of the innings, they bettered the Indian record of 410 between Lala Amarnath and Rusi Modi [4] and the world record of 574* by Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott. [5]

Gul Mohammad toured England in 1946 and Australia in 1947/48 and played Test matches without much success. He highest score was 34 in the second innings at Adelaide while Hazare was scoring his second hundred of the match at the other end.[6] In 1952/53, he played for India in two Tests of Pakistan's first series. For a time, he was a professional with Ramsbottom in the Lancashire League.

He continued to play in Ranji Trophy until he took Pakistan citizenship in 1955. [7] He played one Test for Pakistan, against Australia in 1956/57 where he scored 12 and 27 not out and hit the winning runs.

He later turned to cricket administration. He was in director board of the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore till 1987 and then a cricket coach in the Punjab Sports Board. Gul Mohammad died of liver cancer.

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