Yasir Shah Biography | Career And Achievement

Yasir Shah is a Pakistan Cricketer , who is the joint-second fastest bowler in the history of Test cricket to take 100 wickets and the fastest bowler to take only 200 wickets in 33 test matches, and Australian bowler Clarrie Grimmett’s 82-year-old record breaks.  He is a specialist leg break spin bowler and is known for his leg spinners, flippers and googlies. He is considered one of the best spinners in modern cricket by Shane Warne.

Yasir Shah Biography | Career And Achievement

Personal information
Full name Yasir Shah
Born 2 May 1986 (age 32)
Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm leg break
Role Bowler
Relations Junaid Khan (cousin)
Fawad Ahmed (cousin)
International information
National side
  • Pakistan (2011–present)
Test debut (cap 219) 22 October 2014 v Australia
Last Test 3 January 2019 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 188) 14 September 2011 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 20 July 2018 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no. 86
T20I debut (cap 44) 16 September 2011 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Years Team
Rest of North-West Frontier Province
2001–2009 Pakistan Customs
2008–2015 Abbottabad Rhinos
2010 Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited
2011–present Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province
2015 Dhaka Dynamites
2016–present Lahore Qalandars
2017 Kent
2017 Trinbago Knight Riders
2017–present Brisbane Heat
2019–present Khulna Titans
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 35 19 124 82
Runs scored 494 102 2,405 680
Batting average 11.76 17.00 16.25 21.93
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/6 0/2
Top score 38* 32* 71 66*
Balls bowled 11,097 951 28,672 4,175
Wickets 203 19 535 101
Bowling average 28.26 42.47 27.32 31.56
5 wickets in innings 16 1 31 1
10 wickets in match 3 n/a 4 n/a
Best bowling 8/41 6/26 8/41 6/26
Catches/stumpings 19/– 5/– 66/– 29/–

Early Life :-


Yasir Shah Biography


Yasir Shah was born on “2 May 1986 in  Swabi , Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”. His father’s name “Said Khaki Shah” . Shah is the cousin of Pakistani fast-bowler Junaid Khan as well as of Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed.

Domestic Career :-

Shah has played for several teams in Pakistan’s first-class domestic cricket , including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cricket Team, Pakistan A Cricket Team, Abbottabad Rhinos, Pakistan Customs Cricket Team and Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited. He has also played cricket for Pakistan A cricket team. He was selected to play for Brisbane Heat for the 2017 BBL with Pakistani Shadab Khan.

In October 2018, he was nominated in the team for the Khulna Titans team after the 2018-19 draft of the Bangladesh Premier League. 

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International Career :-

Yasir Shah Biography
Yasir Shah Biography

Shah played the third game of the one-day international series on the tour of Zimbabwe on 14 September 2011, in which he scored 2 for 51 runs (10 overs). The wickets were Zimbabwe opener Vusi Sibanda and star wicketkeeper-batsman Tatenda Taibu.

In August 2018, he was one of the thirty three players to be awarded the central contract for the 2018-19 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). 

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Test career :-

Yasir Shah Biography
Yasir Shah Biography

Shah made his Test debut against Australia, who toured to the UAE in 2014. He was picked in place of Saeed Ajmal, who was banned for an illegal bowling action. In the first Test, he picked up 7 for 116 with Steve Smith becoming his first wicket. He helped the team to win the match by 221 runs. In the second Test, he picked 5 for 91 which resulted a 356-run win for Pakistan and a whitewash for Australia. He picked 12 for 207 overall and was the second highest wicket-taker of that series.

During the tour against Sri Lanka in June 2015, Shah became the fastest Pakistani bowler to take 50 Test wickets, which he did in only nine matches. The record for Pakistan in Test cricket was first organized by Waqar Younis, Mohammad Asif and Shabir Ahmed, all of whom had taken 50 wickets in ten games. However, the fastest bowler to take 50 wickets in Test cricket is Australia’s Charles Turner, who has won only six matches. Then Shah took five wickets in three test matches against Sri Lanka and improved his Test record.

Yasir Shah Biography
Yasir Shah Biography

In July 2016, while on tour against England, Shah became the first leg spinner to take a five-wicket haul in a Test match at Lord’ssince Mushtaq Ahmed in 1996. He also became the highest wicket-taking bowler in a single match from any Asian side at Lord’s.

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On 18 July 2016, Shah reached number 1 in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers, in December 1996, Ahmed became the first Pakistani bowler to do so. He displaced England’s quick Jimmy Anderson from number 1 and he is the first leg spinner. Warne got the number 1 spot in 2005. However, after his poor performance in the second Test, he dropped four places to number 5. 

Shah had 86 wickets to his name at the end of his 13th Test match and, after 15, the total was 90. Both these totals are world records for any bowler after their 13th and 15th Test match respectively.

Yasir Shah Biography
Yasir Shah Biography

In his 17th Test match against the West Indiesin Dubai, Shah took his 100th Test wicket and became the second fastest  ever to achieve this milestone, with only George Lohmann bettering it. He is fastest Pakistani to take 50 and 100 wickets in Tests. On 28 September 2017, during the first Test against Sri Lanka, he became the joint-second fastest bowler of all time and quickest spinner to take 150 wickets in Tests.

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In the second Test against New Zealand in November 2018, Shah took 14 wickets in the match. In the first innings, he took eight wickets for 41 runs, in Test match, best for any bowler against New Zealand. On the same day, he took a total of ten wickets to become the first bowler for Pakistan and, only the second bowler overall, to take ten wickets in a single day of Test match cricket.  Their match figures of 14/184 are currently best by the Pakistani spin bowler in Tests, the second best figures by any bowler for Pakistan in Test matches and the highest wicket by a single bowler in a Test match against New Zealand.

Yasir Shah Biography
Yasir Shah Biography

In December 2018, during the same series against New Zealand, Shah took his 200th wicket in Test cricket. He became the fastest bowler, in terms of matches played, to take 200 wickets in Tests, doing so in his 33rd match.

2015 World Cup :-

Yasir Shah Biography
Yasir Shah Biography

In January 2015, Shah was selected in the Pakistan team for the 2015 Cricket World Cup and was considered a long-term replacement for Pakistan’s restricted spinner Saeed Ajmal. He made his World Cup debut against Indian rivals on February 15, 2015.

Awards :-

PCB’s Test Player of the year – 2017

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