Yasir Shah becomes fastest to 200 Test wickets, breaks 82-year record

  • The leg-spinner, 32, claimed 27 wickets against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi— his best-ever tally in any three-match series

ABU DHABI – Pakistan’s star bowler Yasir Shah has set a new record in the cricket world by becoming the fastest bowler to take 200 wickets in the Test format of the game.

Breaking Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s world record of 200 wickets in 36 Tests achieved in 1936, the Pakistani leg-spinner achieved the milestone during the ongoing third and final Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

Yasir, currently playing his 33rd Test, now leads the list after usurping Australia’s Clarrie Grimmet, who reached the 200-wicket mark in 36 matches.

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is third on the list with 37 Test matches whereas Australian great Dennis Lillee and Pakistan legend Waqar Younis share fourth place having taken 200 Test wickets in 38 Test matches each.

The 32-year-old has had a superb series against New Zealand, claiming 27 wickets in the tournament — his best-ever tally in any three-match series.