Yasir Shah is all set to break Ravichandran Ashwin’s record for the becoming the fastest Asian player to reach 100 Test wickets and Ashwin himself wished the bowler on the occasion. “Good luck, may the force be with him. He is such a delight to watch,” said Ashwin on twitter.
Ashwin has recently been lauded for his performance against New Zealand. The off-spinner took 27 wickets in the series, of which 13 scalps came in the third match alone. His performance earned him the man of the series and also helped him regain his number one spot in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers. Indian also reclaimed the number one spot in ICC Test rankings with their series whitewash against New Zealand.
All eyes will now be on Yasir Shah when he takes the field for Pakistan against West Indies in the first of a three-match Test series to be played in the UAE. Shah has played 16 Tests so far and is only five wickets away from reaching 100 wickets and in the process, overtake Ashwin to become the fastest Asian bowler to reach the milestone. Amongst those wishing him luck for reaching the milestone was Ashwin himself.
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) 12 October 2016
Pakistan had briefly taken the number one spot in Test rankings but India retook the position with comprehensive wins in their first and second Test matches against New Zealand. The third match, which ended on Saturday, saw India winning by 321 runs on the back of a double-century knock by captain Virat Kohli in the first innings followed by a bowling masterclass from Ravichandran Ashwin.