The 32-year-old reached the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett's long-standiThe 32-year-old reached the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett's long-standing mark of 36 Tests ng mark of 36 Tests
The 32-year-old reached the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s long-standing mark of 36 Tests

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the fastest bowler to claim 200 wickets in Tests when he removed New Zealand’s nightwatchman Will Somerville for four early on day three of the third Test Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

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The 32-year-old reached 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.

Fastest to 200 wickets

Player

Team

Matches

Time

Yasir Shah

Pakistan

33

4y 42d

Clarrie Grimmett

Australia

36

10y 353d

R Ashwin

India

37

4y 321d

Dennis Lillee

Australia

38

9y 3d

Waqar Younis

Pakistan

38

6y 23d

 

Since taking seven wickets on debut against Australia in 2014, Yasir has been a key figure in Pakistan’s Test team.

He took 12 wickets in that 2-0 series win over Australia in United Arab Emirates in 2014 and followed that with 15 against New Zealand in a 1-1 draw the same year.

That was followed by 24 wickets against Sri Lanka in 2015 and ten wickets in a match to beat England at Lord’s a year later. He took 21 and 25 wickets respectively in series wins over the West Indies.

Yasir reached 100 wickets in 17 Tests, second only to Englishman George Lohmann who reached the target in 16 matches during a Test in Johannesburg in 1896.

Fastest to wickets milestones in Tests

Milestone

Player

Team

Matches

100

George Lohmann

England

16

200

Yasir Shah

Pakistan

33

300

R Ashwin

India

54

400

M Muralitharan

Sri Lanka

72

500

M Muralitharan

Sri Lanka

87

Yasir’s figures in Dubai are 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.