ABU DHABI: Pakistan’s Yasir Shah added another feather to his cap on Thursday when he became the fastest spinner and the second-fastest bowler ever to reach the 150 wickets mark in Test cricket.
31-year-old Yasir Shah, who’s playing his career’s 27th Test in Abu Dhabi against Sri Lanka, completed his 150 wickets by getting Kusal Mendis caught behind on day one of the match.
The wicket completed his 150 career scalps in Test cricket.
By reaching this milestone in 27th Test, Shah broke the 83-year-old record of Australian spinner Clarrie Grimmett who reached this feat in 28 Tests.
Yasir is also the joint second fastest bowler to reach 150 Test wickets. He has now joined Pakistan’s Waqar Younis in accomplishing the feat. Waqar also reached 150 Test wickets in 27 Tests.
The fastest player ever to reach 150 Test wickets was England’s Sydney Barnes, who reached this milestone in 24 Tests.
Last year, during Pakistan’s Tests series against West Indies, Yasir Shah became the fastest Asian cricketer to reach 100 Test wickets, surpassing India’s Ravichandran Ashwin.