Yasir Shah becomes number one ranked bowler in Test cricket


Pakistan’s Yasir Shah became the first legspinner in eleven years to be ranked the number one bowler in Test matches after his match winning bowling performance in the first Test match at Lord’s.

Shah picked up ten wickets in the match to lead Pakistan to a famous win at Lord’s after a long gap of 20 years. The Pakistani spinner replaced English bowler James Anderson at the top of the pile according to the latest rankings issued by the international cricket council.


Yasir Shah has 86 wickets in 13 matches which is the most by any bowler in the history of cricket and he also has the chance to break the 120 year old record of fastest to 100 test wickets. George Lohmann, the England bowler, had reached the same milestone in 16 matches back in 1896.

Yasir was ranked fourth before the start of the series but he commanding display of legspin bowling pushed him up three places in the rankings.

Anderson dropped down to third place with his co fast bowler Stuart Broad slotted in at fourth. Indian offspinner R Aswhin is at No. 2 in the rankings.

Chris Woakes, England’s best player in their home summer, has vaulted 28 places up the bowlers’ rankings after his 11 for 102. He is at No. 36 in the rankings.