Yasir Shah

Yasir Shah

Yasir Shah

Yasir Shah is a leg break-bowling allrounder who is regarded as one of the test spinners in the current Pakistan Test setup. He is the second joint-fastest bowler in test cricket history to take 100 wickets. While Yasir also holds the world record of fastest to claim 200 test wickets. He is famous for his flippers and googlies besides his usual leg spins. Shah is regular spinners in the Pakistan test side for the last few years. He is liked very much by legendry spinner of Australia Shane Warne, who praises Shah’s bowling and gives him his bowling tips. This article has all the information about Shah, including Yasir Shah Biography.

Name:Yasir Shah
In Urdu:یاسر شاہ
Famous As:Cricketer
Residence:Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Alma Mater:Swabi College
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Date:2nd May 1986
Place:Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Children:1 Son and 1 Daughter
Relatives:Junaid Khan (cousin)
National Side:Pakistan
Team Role:Bowler
Bowling Style:Legbreak
Batting Style:Right-hand bat
Test Debut:Australia v Pakistan at Dubai
ODI Debut:Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare
T20 Debut :Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare

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Yasir Shah Biography

  • Yasir currently leads Pakistan’s spin attack in test matches. He has so far played in 39 test matches, and in 73 innings in which he bowled has taken 213 wickets with an impressive average of 30.52. Besides his specialty in bowling Shah also has played decently with the bat. In 58 test innings, he has scored 707 runs with an average of over 13 runs per innings. His best score in tests is 113 against Australia and in Australia.
  • Yasir has played in white-ball cricket but has not been so consistent in the side since he could not yet find his best with the white ball. He has appeared in 25 One Day International for Pakistan and has taken 24 wickets. He has an average of just over 47 and an economy of 5.33. At the same time, he has also been part of Pakistan’s T20 side in a couple of matches but has not yet taken many wickets in this format.

Yasir date of Birth

Yasir was born in Swabi, KPK province of Pakistan, on 2nd May 1986. Currently, he resides in his hometown Swabi.

Education of Shah

Shah received his early education from Quaid e Azam Public School, Swabi, then he further studied and graduated from the Swabi College.

Yasir Shah Family

He is the cousin of Pakistani fast bowler Junaid Khan, and also the cousin of Australian leg spinner Fawad Khan. He was born in an ordinary family and is married with two children, one son whose name is Yawar and a daughter.

Cricket Career

Initial Career

Yasir made his first-class debut in February 2002. He was part of the domestic circuit of Pakistan for nine years before he debuted in international cricket in the year 2011 in an ODI match against Zimbabwe.

Domestic Career

Yasir has played for many teams during his domestic career and continues to do so. He has played for Pakistan A, Pakistan Customs, Pakistan’s Patrons, Pakistan Cricket Academy, Baluchistan, Abbottabad, KPK, SNGPL, Faisalabad. Shah has also played in different franchise cricket leagues. He has played for Lahore Qalandars in Pakistan Super League. He has represented Brisbane Heats in Big Bash League Australia and has played for Dhaka Dynamites in Bangladesh Premier League.

International Career and Achievements

  • Shah made his test debut when he was selected for the legendary off-spinner Saeed Ajmal in Pakistan’s Test side against Australia in Dubai on Oct 22-26, 2014. He bowled very well in his first test and took 7 for 116 runs. Steve Smith was his very first test wicket. He did not look back and did well, especially on rough surfaces like in UAE. Yasir became the fastest Pakistani to take 50 test wickets in June 2015 series against Sri Lanka. 
  • He received his first fifty wickets in just nine matches. In that series, he also took three consecutive fifers against Sri Lanka, which itself was a significant achievement. In that year, due to his bowling performances, he was named in ICC world test XI. In the next year 2016, Shah took five wickets haul at Lord’s becoming the first leg Spinner after Mushtaq Ahmad, to do so. In the same year, Yasir reached to number 01 test bowler in ICC ranking. 

Yasir Shah Records

He became the only Pakistani bowler to get to the number one test ranking after Mushtaq Ahmad in 1996. He also made the world records of second joint-fastest to 100 test wickets and the fastest-ever 200 test wickets. Shah has the record of best bowling figures for any bowler against New Zealand in tests. He took 14 wickets off 184 runs in November 2018 series against Kiwis. Shah has also played few impressive innings when batting making him in the list of bowling allrounders. In November 2019, in a series against Australia, Shah scored an excellent 113 runs, it is his only century in test cricket.

One day International Debut

  • Shah has many highlights in test cricket, but his career as a shorter format bowler has not been impressive yet may be due to his slow pace and lack of variations with the white ball. Shah made his One Day International debut for Pakistan on 14th September 2011 in third ODI against Zimbabwe at Harare. He played his first T20 against the same opposition on 16th September 2011 at the same venue. 
  • His track record in the limited-overs game is not so fantastic though his best figure in 50 overs game is 6 for 26 against Zimbabwe in the first ODI of 2015-16 series on 12th October. Yasir is one of the most beautiful red ball bowlers in world cricket, and it is hoped that he breaks many world records for Pakistan with his spin bowling in the future.

Social Media Handles

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