Yasir Shah Is All Set To Be the Next Icon of Pakistani Cricket!

Yasir Shah Career
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Yasir Shah is the name who made his place in the cricket world in a short time span. He had born in Sawabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 1986. His first inspiration and motivation in the cricket arena is his cousin Junaid Khan who is fast-bowler of Pakistan cricket team and an Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed.  Shah is the second fastest bowler from Pakistan who earned the record to take 100 wickets in the history of test cricket series. He did his first debut in test cricket against Australia on 22 October 2014 and became the fastest bowler in Sri Lanka’s trip by taking 50 wickets in test series. Yasir Shah is a right-handed batsman and leg break spin bowler.

Yasir Shah Career
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Shah’s First Break In Cricket Industry

Yasir Shah belongs from a simple family, his father is a farmer and cultivate in Sawabi. He made his first debuted as a student at the age of 15 years and represent his country in U15 to under 21 levels. Locally he also played for the team of his province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a team of Pakistan custom, in Abbottabad team as well as from Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited. Shah is the leg break spinner and after a list of record in local cricket, he represents Pakistan internationally first time in 2011.

Yasir Shah Domestic Cricket Career

Shah as a leg break spinner and fast bowler participated in different series at the local level with different teams. He played for the team of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for Abbottabad team, as a player in Pakistan custom team as well as Sui Northern Gas Pipeline limited. In 2017 he was also selected for the BBL in Brisbane Heat. He also took part in Bangladesh premier league in 2018 as a player in Khulna Titans team.

Yasir Shah Career
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The International Career Path Of Shah

Yasir Shah played his first international match in September 2011, the third match of one day international series with Zimbabwe. He took two major wickets of opener Vusi Sibanda and the team’s wicketkeeper and batsman Tatenda Taibu.

Shah has his debut against Australia in the tour of UAE in 2014, where he took the place of Saeed Ajmal. In the first test, he took 7, 5 and 12 wickets respectively and become the highest wicket scorer player of the series. In June 2015 Pakistan against Sri Lanka, Shah was the first Pakistani bowler to score 50 wickets in nine tests matches.

In July 2016 Pakistan tour against England and Yasir took 5 wickets in a test match at Lord’s and become the first leg-spinner after the Mushtaq Ahmad in 1996. Shah records the first number in ICC test bowler’s list in July 2016 and replaces Jimmy Anderson from the ICC ranking no 1. With the help of this record-breaking performance, he secured his position as a Pakistan’s second fastest bowler. With the 13th matches, Yasir had the 86 wickets and he scored 90 wickets on 15th test matches. He played his 17th test match against West Indies and become the second fastest player to achieve the 100 wickets in test matches.

Yasir Shah Career
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In December 2015 to March 2016 Yasir Shah was banned by ICC due to the use of chlortalidone substance which was banned. During the time of three months, he was not allowed to play any type of cricket on a local or international level.

Performance In ICC Worlds Cup 2015

In 2015, Yasir Shah was selected in the team for the ICC cricket world cup 2015 because of his performance and become the long-term replacement of Saeed Ajmal Pakistan’s spinner bowler. Shah made his first debut in ICC world cup against India on 15th Feb 2015.

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 32 46 6 489 38 12.22 1069 45.74 0 0 0 54 7
ODI 19 9 3 102 32 17.0 114 89.47 0 0 0 9 1
T20I 2 1 1 11 11 0.0 7 157.14 0 0 0 1 0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 32 62 10617 5505 195 8/41 14/184 3.11 28.23 54.45 16 3
ODI 19 18 951 807 19 6/26 6/26 5.09 42.47 50.05 1 0
T20I 2 2 24 39 0 0/8 0/8 9.75 0.0 0.0 0 0

Awards Winning

Yasir Shah is the leg break bowler of Pakistan’s cricket team who proved himself with his exceptional performance and hard work. He scored the maximum wickets record in test matches series with Australia, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe. Due to his impressive performance, Pakistan Cricket Board announced him “test player of the year”.

  • In 2017, he was awarded the title of “PCB’s Test player of the year”.

The talent and efforts of our national cricket stars are commendable and it needs to be appreciated. We are hoping to see Yasir Shah making his name on international grounds. We are proud of you Yasir!