Pakistan spin sensation Yasir Shah etched his name into the record book following his magical bowling on Day 3 of the second Test against New Zealand in Dubai, as he became the first bowler since Indian legend Anil Kumble to pick up 10 wickets in a single day of Test cricket on Monday (November 26).
Yasir managed to emulate Kumble’s record after almost two decades (19 years, 9 months and 19 days) as Indian legend achieved the landmark against Pakistan on February 7, 1999, to join England’s Jim Laker, as the only other bowler to grab all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test match.
The wily leg-spinner has brilliantly spread out the magic of his spin around the Kiwi batsman at Dubai wickets, completing a 10-wicket haul in just 13.5 overs on Monday, taking a career-best 8-41 in New Zealand’s first innings and finishing the day with 2-65 in their second innings on Monday.
Now, the 32-year-old sets his sights on cricket’s longest-standing records in Test cricket, as he only needs 10 wickets to become world’s fastest bowler ever to the 200-wicket milestone in the format.
At the moment, Australia’s pre-WWII leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett is the record-holder having taken his 200th Test scalp in his 36th match in 1936, while Yasir, who is partway through his 32nd Test, having 191 Test wickets to his tally, is looking forward to shattering his long-standing mark in Tests.
In 2016, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin fell just short of equaling Grimmett’s mark, taking his 200th wicket in his 37th Test, while given Yasir’s stunning form with the ball, he might achieve the feat in the third and final Test against the Black Caps to be played from December 3 in Abu Dhabi.
Noteworthy, Yasir’s brilliant spell helped Pakistan to take a 328-run lead over New Zealand, who needs only 181 runs to win the second match with 7 wickets at their hands in Dubai on Tuesday.
(With AFP Inputs)