ABU DHABI – Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah 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.
The 32-year-old trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before the the end of day four, it was his second wicket of the New Zealand second innings, to reach the milestone record 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 draw 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, incumbent prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who bagged 14 wickets for 116 against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1982.
On Thursday, New Zealand, resumed at 26 for 2, fell to 37 for 3 after Yasir removed Somerville and were still needing 37 runs to make Pakistan bat again.
Yasir was also the fastest Pakistani to get to 50 wickets in just nine Tests, reached 100 wickets in 17 Tests, his second only to Englishman George Lohmann who took 16 matches during a Test in Johannesburg in 1896.
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