Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the joint second-fastest bowler to take 100 Test wickets after he dismissed Miguel Cummins on the fourth day of the first Test against West Indies in Dubai. This match is a day-night Test and is being played with a pink ball.
The 30-year-old is currently playing his 17th Test and has 100 wickets which makes him the fastest bowler from Pakistan and Asia. He finished the innings with five wickets for 121 runs as West Indies were bowled out for 357 in reply to Pakistan’s 579/3.
The record for fastest 100 wickets in Test cricket is with England’s medium-pacer George Lohman who reached the miletsone in just 16 Tests in 1896. The record still stands even after 140-year-old history of Test cricket.
Yasir now joins three other bowlers who have taken the same number of wickets after 100 Tests. Australia’s Charlie Turner and Clarrie Grimmett and England’s Sydney Barnes each had 100 Test wickets after their 17th match.
Yasir bettered the record of Saeed Ajmal who held the record for fastest to 100 Test wickets for Pakistan in 19 matches.
Yasir made his debut in 2014 at the same venue in Dubai and before the start of this match, he had 95 wickets at a strike rate of 53.70. He had taken those wickets at an average of 27.48 and economy rate of just over three at 3.06. He has seven four-wicket hauls and seven five-wicket hauls in Test cricket (including this match).
Before Yasir, the record for the fastest bowler from Asia to 100 Test wickets was held by India’s R Ashwin who had taken those wickets in 18 Tests. The Indian bowler wished Yasir before the match to reach the milestone and break his record.
After Yasir broke his record, Ashwin tweeted again congratulating the Pakistan bowler for the milestone.
Pakistan and West Indies will play two more Tests in this series but the remaining matches will be day matches played with red ball.