08 Lesser known Yasir Shah Facts
Pakistan vs England test series has taken an interesting twist from the start. A fact that most of the people never believed to happen has been done by the visitors. The first test being played out at the Mecca of cricket, Lord’s was won by Pakistan cricket team on its day 4. Overall there were many memorable performances from Pakistan players that let the side claim an early advantage over the hosts.
Misbah ul Haq’s ton in the maiden test in England, Asad Shafiq’s batting in both innings and Muhammad Amir’s return. There has been a lot of talk on the test even before it was started. However in the end one man overshadowed all the buzz caused by various performances. The rightful successor of legendary leg spinner Shane Warne, Yasir Shah took 10 wickets in the first test. It might seem simple but considering the venue it is not actually.
In fact, this is the first time a leg spinner has taken ten wicket on the pace-friendly surface of the Lord’s. Also his figures are the best by any Asian bowler on the fast pitches of the English ground. The bowler that reminded of the legendary Shane Warne is the hot topic on all over the media after his performance. However there are a few Yasir Shah Facts that are not so much publicized yet. Check out the top 6 lesser known Yasir Shah facts here.
08 Lesser known Yasir Shah Facts
1. Yasir Shah belongs to a cricketing family:
Born on May 2 1986, the latest spin sensation’s hometown is Sawabi. The underprivileged birth area however did not keep him from making big into cricket. Also he has some fine cricketers as his kin. Yasir is the cousin of Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan as well as of Australian international cricketer Fawad Ahmed.
2. First Class career:
Yasir Shah started playing domestic cricket in year 2002. Playing from the domestic teams of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and Pakistan Customs the leggie was impressive in his early days in cricket. So far he has taken 361 wickets in 90 domestic matches. Astonishing that Pakistan cricket wasted so many time to pick him in, but that is one of the irrefutable Yasir Shah facts.
3. Delay in International debut – not a new thing in Pakistan:
Though this one of the Yasir Shah facts should not be a new thing for Pakistanis. Like many other star players or we should say following the long practiced tradition in Pakistan, Yasir Shah also emerged on the international cricket arena very late. Although he started playing domestic cricket in 2002, Yasir was given the test match opportunity in 2014. While he represented Pakistan against Zimbabwe in ODIs in 2011.
4. Fastest to 50 test wickets:
Like the early success he got at domestic level, Yasir Shah was a hit in International cricket as well. The specialist leg breaker became the fastest to reach fifty test wickets in June 2015. It took him just 9 test matches to reach the landmark.
05. Doping violation:
Soon after becoming the fastest bowler to take fifty wickets, Yasir Shah committed a blunder. The player was banned by ICC to play any type of cricket for three months after he failed a doping test. It was found that his blood sample contains chlortalidone. A substance included in WADA’s prohibited list of diuretics. Yasir Shah’s ban lasted three months from27th December 2015 to 27 March 2016.
06. 86 wickets in just 13 tests:
Though he lost three valuable months of his career for violating ICC’s doping policy, Yasir Shah was equally effective even after his comeback. Ranked no. 1 in test bowlers’ ranking, Yasir Shah has grabbed 86 wickets in 13 matches played so far – fastest by any bowler. His heroics saw Pakistan defeating England in Lord’s after a long time.
07. Shane Warne part 2?
The Pakistani leg spinner resembles the former Australian leggie Shane Warne so much. Not just his bowling action but the deliveries one of the highest test wicket takers used to bowl, are in the arsenal of the Pakistani. Yasir Shah admits Shane Warne to be his idol and often consults him for improvement.
08. First Asian to claim 10 wickets at the Lord’s:
The match that saw Pakistan beat England was also memorable for Yasir Shah. In fact it was Yasir who guided the visiting side to victory in a comparatively low scoring game. in total Yasir Shah took 10 wickets in the match the best ever figures by an Asian at that ground.