Yasir Shah is prepared to break yet another record and become the quickest bowler to reach 200 Test wickets.
The Pakistani ace spinner has gained popularity in a short span of time due to his effectiveness. Admired by the legendary Shane Warne himself, Yasir reached the milestone of 100 and 150 wickets in 17 and 27 Test matches respectively; becoming the fastest spinner to both milestones.
This time around, and requiring just 35 wickets in 7 Test matches, Yasir can break the 80-year-old record held by Australian Clairre Grimmett.
In an interview with local media, Yasir mentioned that he does not run after personal success because to him team’s success is much important. He said:
My aim is to perform wherever I play and in whichever format I play. I try to get maximum wickets for Pakistan.
I have set my eyes on trying to take 35 wickets in the next 7 matches to complete the record of fastest to 200 wickets.
Yasir Shah is largely preferred in longer format of the game. However, the 35-year-old is keen on impressing the selectors to reserve his place in T20s and ODIs more often.
I am trying to gel my place in for shorter formats as well. I am bowling well in domestic tournaments and leagues.
I am now going to play the Big Bash League where I will try to perform well and prove myself eligible for T20s.
The leggie also expressed his desire to feature in a series against India and have the privileged of bowling to Virat Kholi, who is deemed as the best player in the world right now.
India vs Pakistan competition is good for cricket, It is my wish to play against India and perform well for the country against India as well. And yes, I want to bowl against Kohli.
Competitiveness in the world of cricket has increased massively in the past decade. Often times players need to bring something extra to the table in order to justify their selection, which is why Yasir is also working on his batting skills.
I am focused on my bowling continuously, working hard to enhance my googly. On sidelines of bowling, I also work on my batting, but bowling is always my priority.
Fitness is also mandatory along with performance.
“There’s a fitness standard set by PCB and that’s good. I am from Swabi and there were limited facilities for training, that’s why I couldn’t achieve the benchmark set for fitness,” he explained, adding that he has now achieved the standard fitness marks.