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Yasir Shah may become quickest Asian to reach 100 wickets

KARACHI: As Pakistan is all set to play its first day/night Test in Dubai from Thursday, which will also make Pakistan the 7th team to play 400 Tests, the magical spinner Yasir Shah has set his eyes on adding more unique records to his name. 

The 31-year old bowler from Swabi has 95 wickets to his credit from 16 Tests, and only five wickets away from becoming quickest from Asia to reach the 100 wickets milestone.

A haul of five wickets in Dubai Test will help Yasir Shah surpassing India’s Ravichandran Ashwin who reached 100 wickets in his 18th test.

Not only this, the five wicket-haul will also make Yasir Shah the fastest to reach 100 wickets during last 85 years. Australia’s Clarrie Grimmett reached 100 wickets in 17 Tests in January 1931.

Interestingly, with 100 wickets in 17 Tests Clarrie Grimmett is also the fastest spinner to reach the milestone, and Yasir is now in line to join the Australian bowler as fastest spinner to reach 100 wickets.

So far, only four players have reached 100 Test wickets’ milestone in 17 or lesser Tests with England’s pacer George Lohmann doing it in 16 while his team mate Sydney Barnes along with Australia’s Charlie Turner and Clarrie Grimmett doing it in 17 Tests.

Meanwhile, Yasir Shah is confident of a good show in Dubai Test, which will be his first experience of playing a game with pink ball.

“I have been practicing with the pink ball for the last week, and it is going well, in fact in comparison to the red ball, I am getting more bounce with the pink ball,” Yasir said.

“I have been asking the coaches and Misbah-ul-Haq for tips because this is my first match with a pink ball and I am trying to get as much practice with this ball,” he added.


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