Pakistani premier leg spinner Yasir Shah has toppled English Fast bowler James Anderson from the top place to take no.1 position in the ICC Rankings for Test Bowlers. Yasir Shah has become the first leg spinner to take the top position since legendary spinner Shane Warne who achieved similar feat in the year 2005.Yasir Shah has been a match winner for Pakistan and has put in consistent performances over a period of 12 months to reach the top summit. His ten wicket haul was instrumental in Pakistan winning the First Test at Lords against England. The win also meant that Pakistan won a test match at Lords after 20 years.
The ace spinner has played 13 Tests and taken 86 wickets to put some staggering numbers in longer format. The spinner has a chance to become the fastest to reach 100 wickets. The record is held by George Lohmann, an Englishman who achieved 100 wickets tally in just 16 matches almost 120 years ago. The game at Lords was Yasir Shah’s first game outside subcontinent and he proved his mettle on unresponsive surfaces by bagging a ten wicket haul in his first outing. England badly missed the services of their premier fast bowler James Anderson who was suffering from stress fracture in his right shoulder. Anderson is now at no.3 and his partner in bowling Stuart Broad is placed at 4th place in bowler rankings. Ravi Ashwin is currently with the Indian Team who will play four tests in West Indies takes second place.
Top rankings for batsman in Test Cricket are unchanged as Aussie Skipper Steven Smith is at the top followed by Kane Williamson and Hashim Amla of South Africa.