Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah does not know a lot about Clarrie Grimmett but is aware that he has a strong chance of smashing an 82-year-old record set by the Australian leg-spinner.
The 32-year-old now has 195 wickets in 32 Tests and needs just five more in the third Test starting in Abu Dhabi from December 3 to become the quickest bowler to reach 200 Test wickets.
In fact, he can take the record if he can pick up those wickets in his next three Tests as Grimmett took his 200th wicket in his 36th Test against South Africa in 1936.
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Yasir admits the record is in his mind but knows little about the holder of it.
“Grimmett? I don’t know much about him,” said Yasir. “He played so many years ago, but I know about the record because his name comes first whenever I see the list.
“I want to beat that record.”
Since taking seven wickets on debut against Australia in 2014, Yasir has been Pakistan’s ace leg-spinner in the longest format.
Yasir reached 100 wickets in 17 Tests, second only to Englishman George Lohmann who reached the target in 16 matches during a Test in Johannesburg in 1896.
“I am very happy to have contributed to the team’s wins,” said Yasir. “That is my job and I realise that responsibility to take wickets and get my team more and more wins.”
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