Abu Dhabi (Web Desk): Pakistan's Yasir Shah on Thursday broke the 82-year-old record and became the fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets during the fourth day of the third Test match against New Zealand.
OUT! Yasir takes his 200th ????????????
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) December 6, 2018
The Pakistani leg-spinner achieved the milestone by breaking Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s world record of 200 wickets in 36 Tests achieved in 1936.
Yasir Shah becomes the fastest to 200 Test wickets. ????
He traps nightwatchman Somerville in front and reaches the landmark in just his 33rd Test!
— ICC (@ICC) December 6, 2018
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is third on the list with 37 Test matches whereas Australian great Dennis Lillee and Pakistan legend Waqar Younis share fourth place having taken 200 Test wickets in 38 Test matches each.
The 32-year-old has had a superb series against New Zealand, claiming 27 wickets in the tournament, his best-ever tally in any three-match series.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has announced his retirement from the Test cricket.
In a statement on December 4, he said, "I am announcing my retirement and feel happy that I worked hard in my career."
The 38-year-old, who made a convincing comeback into the Test side against Australia last month after notching up three figurers in the first Test, failed to perform consistently well for the Green Caps.
Hafeez will end his career with 54 Tests to his name, where he scored 3,644 runs at an average of 38.35. His highest score in the longest format is 224, which he scored in Khulna against Bangladesh in 2015.