In just nine Tests, Yasir Shah breaks into ICC top ten
It took Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah just nine Test matches and a rich haul against Sri Lanka to grab the No. 9 spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ranking for top 10 Test bowlers.He was Sri Lanka’s tormentor yet again with 8/151 in the second Test but poor batting cost Pakistan the match.
I try to copy Shane Warne
Shah grew up in Swabi but had to play his cricket in Peshawar, 100 km away.There were no grounds in Swabi so I had to go to Peshawar academy to play said Shah. Shane Warne was my motivation, I started bowling leg breaks after watching him bowl on TV.
And then my brother sent me a video of Warne from London and I used to watch it every day and tried to copy his action and the way he used to bowl. Warne was a legend so he was my idol.Australian legend Warne who was following the 2014 Pakistan-Australia Test series on television was impressed by what he saw.He had tweeted after watching Shah bowl: I like the look of this leggie Yasir Shah plenty of energy and nice variations of pace.His words actually put me under pressure to live up to his appreciation and it has been good so far said Shah.The focus remains on bowling a good line and length and control my variations. One needs to be patient in Test cricket and that is what I am trying to do.