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Meet the New Number 1 Test Bowler: Yasir Shah

Yasir Shah

Yasir Shah, the Swabi born leggie was the main part in Pakistan’s historical Lord’s test win last night.

He moved up to the top spot by replacing the English fast bowler James Anderson and jumping over to the Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who is at number two in the latest rankings issued by the International cricket council on Monday.

The Messi look alike leg spinner claimed the spot by marking his first test appearance outside Asia and United Arab Emirates courtesy a 10 wicket haul that helped Pakistan beat the hosts by 75 runs in the first test at Lords.

This remarkable win by Pakistan was the fourth on this cricket ground of Lords by them and that also make them the Asian team with the most wins at Lords.

 Yasir Shah played the key role in the win by taking a 10 for 141 match figure which includes 6-72 in the first innings and 4-69 in the second innings on the fourth day of the series opener on Sunday.

Yasir Shah on his returned to test cricket after the 3 month ban due to the failing of his dope test surpassed Waqar Younis, who previously held the record of best test match figures record for Pakistan by taking 8-156. Yasir Shah also helped the tourists go 1 up in the 4 match test series.

Yasir Shah became the first leg spinner in 20 years to get a five wicket haul in a test innings at Lords that put Pakistan in a driving seat at stumps on the second day of the test when he ran through the English batsmen with the figures of 6-72 in 25 overs.

Last time the leg spinner who held the record for the 5 wicket haul at Lords for 20 years is the man who is the current bowling coach of Pakistan cricket team, Mushtaq Ahmad.

Yasir Shah has been exceptional for Pakistan since his debut with getting 86 wickets in just 13 test matches and he needs only 14 more to break the record of fastest to 100 wickets in tests mark by any bowler.

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