Yasir Shah: Pakistan 'Spin' Another Potential Hero

Saeed Ajmal was hailed for his spin bowling before being banned for an illegal action. While many thought of it as a setback for Pakistan, the national team seems to have had their prayers answered in the form of leggie Yasir Shah.

updated: October 26, 2014 17:32 IST
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Yasir Shah (R) picked up 7 wickets as Pakistan beat Australia in the 1st Test at Dubai.


The heartland of Pakistan is known to produce fierce bowlers. Most have been formidable pacers but in recent years, wily spinners too have made a name for themselves. And while one such bowler - Saeed Ajmal - made a name for himself before being banned for an illegal bowling action, the reinforcements seem to be more than capable of handling international pressure as well. Just ask Yasir Shah. (Also read: Younis Khan Considered Sitting out Tests vs Australia)

Making his Test debut against the mighty Australians, Shah claimed 7 wickets to spin Pakistan to a memorable - and much-needed - triumph in the UAE. While many doubted Pakistan's ability to trouble opponents with spin after Ajmal was banned, Shah showed his senior was not the only ace in Pakistan's sleeves. (Also read: Michael Clarke Praises 'Gentleman' Younis Khan)

At 28, he may not have the exuberance of a youthful cricketer. Shah, however, has 279 first-class wickets and he brought all his domestic experience to the fore on the conducive Dubai pitch. That the Aussies are not comfortable playing spin was evident to him and the legspinner made the most of his long-due chance. While Steve Smith was Shah's first Test victim, the biggest achievement in the Test was dismissing a menacing David Warner who had already scored 133 in the first innings. It was a key strike that - many feel - turned the tide in Pakistan's favour and hinted at the emergence of yet another match-winner in Pakistan's ranks.

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