ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday said the entire nation is eagerly waiting for leg-spinner Yasir Shah to become the fastest to take 200 Test wickets.
As Pakistan and New Zealand face each other on the second day of the third and final Test today, the information minister tweeted, “Although all records are important, but if a 100-year-old record is broken then it’s just something else.”
“The entire nation is waiting for Yasir Shah to claim the record. It will be a milestone for both Pakistan cricket and Yasir,” he added.
ویسے تو تمام ریکارڈ ہی اہم ہوتے ہیں مگر جب سو سال پرانا ریکارڈ ٹوٹے تو کیا ہی بات ہے پوری قوم یاسر شاہ کے ریکارڈ کا انتظار کر رہی ہے یہ پاکستان کرکٹ اور یاسر دونوں کیلئے ایک سنگ میل ہے۔۔#fingerscrossed #PakVsNZ
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) December 4, 2018
Yasir began his 33rd Test needing five wickets to become the fastest man to reach the milestone of 200 Test wickets. The record is currently 36 Tests, set 82 years ago by Australian legspinner Clarrie Grimmett.
Yasir managed 3-62 but was then thwarted by the fifth wicket stand of 104 in 249 balls between Williamson and Watling.
He failed to take any more wickets in the last two sessions and still needs another two wickets to hit the 200-mark and claim the record.
Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah does not know much about Clarrie Grimmett but is aware that he has a strong chance of shattering a record set by the Australian 82 years ago.
Yasir tormented New Zealand on his way to a match haul of 14-184 to help Pakistan achieve a series-leveling win by an innings and 16 runs in the second Test in Dubai on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old now has 195 wickets in 32 Tests and needs just five more in the third and final Test starting in Abu Dhabi from Monday to become the quickest bowler to reach 200 Test wickets.
In fact, he will take the record if he can pick up those wickets any time in his next three Tests as Grimmett — also a leg-spinner — took his 200th wicket in his 36th Test against South Africa in 1936.
Yasir admits the record is in his mind but knows little about the holder of it.
“Grimmett? I don´t know much about him,” said Yasir. “He played so many years ago, but I know about the record because his name comes first whenever I see the list.
“I want to beat that record.”
Since taking seven wickets on debut against Australia in 2014, Yasir has been a key figure in Pakistan´s Test team.