Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah smashed a record that stood for 82 years by becoming the fastest bowler to take 200 wickets in Test cricket on Thursday.
The 32-year-old dismissed Will Somerville in Abu Dhabi to reach the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s long-standing mark of 36 Tests achieved against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1936.
Earlier, Yasir had tormented New Zealand on his way to a match haul of 14/184 in the second Test match to help Pakistan achieve a series-leveling win by an innings and 16 runs. Yasir’s figures in Dubai were the second best match return ever for Pakistan in Test cricket, bettered only by former captain and current prime minister Imran Khan who took 14-116 against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1982.
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