Yasir Shah stood as the fastest bowler to pick 200 test wickets by dismissing William Somerville on the fourth day of the second test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. The wicket of Somerville is the fifth wicket in this innings. Somerville was dismissed at the score of just four runs. He crossed the record of Australian bowler Clarrie Grimmet who reached 200-wickets club within 36 test matches in 1936.
This 32-year old leg-spinner surpassed the records of Ravichandran Ashwin who took 37 tests, Dennis Lillee who needed 38 tests, Waqar Yunis who took 38 tests, and Dale Steyn who needed 39 tests to reach the 200-wicket club. Yasir Shah reached 200 wickets by playing just 33 test matches.
To become one of the best spinners in the world-class cricket, 14-wicket haul in the second test match supported Yasir whereas legendary cricketers like Shane Warne and Mutthaiah Muralidharan took 42 test matches to pick 200 wickets. He is one of the best spinners for his side and if he keeps on his splendid performance, he will become one of the all-time great spinners for sure.
Along with a magnificent record of breaking the 82-year old record, he made another one by picking 8/41 from the second test. This is the second best performance in an innings after Anil Kumble’s record of picking 10 wickets from an innings.
Currently, Shah is in splendid form and picked 22 wickets from two test matches against New Zealand. In the current test match, he picked 8 scalps from first innings and 6 wickets in second innings. Thus he played a crucial part in leveling the series for Pakistan. With his magnificent performance in this game, Yasir collapsed the opponents from a strong position of 70/1 to 72/4 and the rest became a child’s play for Pakistan.