Abu Dhabi – Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah on Thursday became the fastest
cricketer to take 200 Test wickets, breaking an 82-year-old record on
the fourth day of the third Test against New Zealand.
SCORECARD: Pakistan v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 4
The 32-year-old trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before for
four – his second wicket of the New Zealand second innings – to reach
the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie
Grimmett’s record of 36 Tests achieved against South Africa in
Johannesburg in 1936.
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 14-184 were the second best match figures in a Test for
Pakistan, behind former captain and current Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan, who bagged 14-116 against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1982.
New Zealand, resuming at 26/2 on Thursday, fell to 37/3 after
Yasir removed Somerville and were still needing 37 runs to make
Pakistan bat again.
Yasir began the Abu Dhabi Test with 195 wickets in 32 Tests and on
the opening day grabbed three early wickets but BJ Watling resisted with
77 not out, leaving him having to complete his landmark in the second
Since taking seven wickets on debut against Australia in 2014, Yasir has been a key figure in Pakistan’s Test team.
He took 12 wickets in that 2-0 series win over Australia in United
Arab Emirates in 2014 and followed that with 15 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 50 wickets (nine Tests),
reached 100 wickets in 17 Tests – second only to Englishman George
Lohmann who took 16 matches during a Test in Johannesburg in 1896.