OSNepalNews, Kathmandu, 7th Dec: Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah has emerged right into the record books of cricket history overlapping a 82 year old record. In the fourth day of the third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand, Shah reached his 200 wicket milestone in the longer version of the game whilst he dismissed William Sommerville that was his fifth wicket in the match.
The 32-year-old leggie trapped nightwatchman Somerville leg before for four — his second wicket of New Zealand’s second innings, thus Yasir Shah became the fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets.
Yasir began the Abu Dhabi Test with 195 wickets in 32 Tests and on the opening day grabbed three early wickets. The right-armer broke pre-World War record set by Australian Clarrie Grimmett in 1936 by clasping the landmark in only 33 Tests while Grimmett had reached the figures in his 36th Test.
Former Australia seamer Dennis Lillee and former Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis, both completed their 200 wickets in 38 Tests, and South Africa’s Dale Steyn, who reached the figures in his 39th Test, fill up the top five slots in the list.
Yasir, whose 14 wickets helped Pakistan level the series 1-1 in Dubai, now has 27 wickets in the three Tests against New Zealand. His 14 for 184 were the second best match figures in a Test for Pakistan, behind former captain and current prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who bagged 14 for 116 against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1982.
He took 12 wickets in the 2-0 series win over Australia in United Arab Emirates and followed with 15 wickets against New Zealand in a 1-1 draw the same year. That was followed by 24 wickets against Sri Lanka in 2015 and 10 in a match to beat England at Lord’s a year later. He took 21 and 25 wickets respectively in series wins over the West Indies. Yasir was also the fastest Pakistani to take 50 wickets, he managed that playing just 9 Test matches and reached 100 wickets in 17 Tests.