On the fourth morning of the Test in Abu Dhabi contrary to New Zealand, an 82-year-old record was not only broken by Yasir Shah, but he also smashed against it.
By dismissing William Somerville about half an hour, he picked up his 200th Test wicket. This breaks the record for the fastest to 200 Test wickets held by another leg spinner, Clarrie Grimmett who reached the mark in his 36th Test.
The leg-spinner Yasir Shah on Thursday of Pakistan became the quickest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets, breaking a record.
The 32-year-old captured night watchman Will Somerville leg earlier for four — his second wicket of the New Zealand second innings — to get to the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s listing of 36 Tests performed against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1936.
His 14 for 184 would be the match characters in a Test for Pakistan, behind the captain and prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who bagged 14 for 116 against Sri Lanka at Lahore in 1982.
New Zealand, needed 37 conducts to create Pakistan bat and resuming on Thursday at 26 for two, dropped for 3.
BJ Watling resisted out, leaving him needing to finish his landmark at the second innings although Yasir on an opening day caught three wickets and began the Abu Dhabi Test with 195 wickets in 32 Tests.
Yasir was a crucial figure in Pakistan’s Test group since taking seven wickets at 2014.
He took 12 wickets because the identical year 2-0 series win over Australia in the United Arab Emirates in 2014 and followed closely with 15.
That was followed by 24 wickets against Sri Lanka at 2015 and 10 at a game to beat England a year after. 25 and 21 wickets were taken by him respectively series win over the West Indies.