Another feather added on the hat of Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah, as he became the fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets, breaking the 82-year-old record made by Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett.
Grimmett took 36 matches to reach 200 marks and it came against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1936. Yasir Shah reached the milestone in his 33rd Test while dismissing Will Somerville for 4 runs during the third Test match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.
32-year old has a wonderful First-class career also. He has 535 scalps from 124 First-class matches, 101 scalps in 82 List A matches and 83 in 96 T20 matches in his name. Along with these, he took 19 wickets in 19 ODIs.
Shah picked up 8 wickets in the first test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi but the team lost by mere 4 runs. His 14 wicket-haul helped Pakistan to level the series 1-1 during the second test match against New Zealand in Dubai. Though he took 7 wickets in the last test, batters failed to contribute much. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (139 off 283) and Henry Nicholls’s (126* off 266) steady centuries guided them to a convincing 123-run win over Pakistan.
Yasir Shah became the ‘Man of The Series’ for his wonderful spell where he bagged 29 wickets in the three Test matches against New Zealand.
Happy as well as disappointed Shah shared that he’s happy being the ‘Man of the series’ but disappointed that his contribution couldn’t help in his team’s win.
“I am happy as I am the Man of the series. I wanted to bowl in good areas consistently. I saw some videos too and I am grateful that I got my rhythm back. I don’t look at records. I am pretty disappointed as we have not won the series.”
His 14-wicket haul for 184 runs was the second best match figures for Pakistan in a Test match after former captain Imran Khan’s 14 for 116 against Sri Lanka in Lahore, 1982. Shah was also the fastest bowler from Pakistan to take 50 wickets in nine Test matches and took 17 matches to reach 100 test wickets; became the only second player after England’s George Lohmann who took 16 matches to do so in 1896.
As he reached the milestone; Twitter burst in praise and share their best wishes:
Congratulations to Yasir Shah who broke an 82 year old record held by an Australian & became the fastest bowler to reach the 200 test wickets' milestone in just 33 matches. Last week he had equalled my record of 14 wickets in a test match. Stellar performance.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 7, 2018
Yasir Shah – 33*
Clarrie Grimmett – 36
Ravichandran Ashwin – 37
Dennis Lillee – 38
Waqar Younis – 38
ICYMI, @Shah64Y smashed the record for the fewest Tests needed to reach the 200 wicket milestone! 🙌
— ICC (@ICC) December 6, 2018
Yasir Shah breaks the 82-year-old record for quickest bowler to 200 Test wickets! He reaches the 200-wicket mark in 33 Tests. The previous record-holder Clarrie Grimmett reached 200 wickets in 36 Tests #Cricket #PAKvNZ
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 6, 2018
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) December 7, 2018
Congratulations @Shah64Y to become the quickest to get 200 test wickets 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 , stay blessed
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) December 6, 2018
Fantastic achievement @Shah64Y proud moment for all of us! Congratulations on world record you faced the recent tragedy of your mother's death. Her prayers will always be with you 😊. Keep going strong!
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) December 6, 2018
Fastest to 200 wickets! Now that’s a hall of fame achievement. Well done bro super proud of you, keep rocking 💪🏼 @Shah64Y
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) December 6, 2018