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Yasir's 150 in quick time

Yasir Shah became the quickest spinner in Test history to 150 wickets

Shiva Jayaraman
28-Sep-2017
Yasir Shah bowls on his Kent debut, Kent v Durham, County Championship, Division Two, Canterbury, 1st day, June 8, 2017

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Yasir Shah became the quickest spinner in Test history in terms of number of matches played to take 150 Test wickets. Australia's Clarrie Grimmett, also a legspinner like Yasir, was the previous quickest to the landmark having taken 28 matches. Three offspinners - South Africa's Hugh Tayfield, Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal and India's R Ashwin - complete the top five.
Yasir is also the joint-second quickest bowler ever to take 150 wickets. His compatriot Waqar Younis also took 27 matches. The record for the quickest bowler to 150 wickets belongs to England's Sydney Barnes, who took just 24 matches. Click here for a list of the quickest bowlers to 150 Test wickets.
Quickest bowlers to 150 wickets in Tests
Bowler Team Mat
 Sydney Barnes  England  24
 Waqar Younis  Pakistan  27
 Yasir Shah  Pakistan  27
 Clarrie Grimmett  Australia  28
 Hugh Tayfield  South Africa  29
In spite of bowling largely in conditions that haven't always been helpful to spinners, Yasir manages to rank third among spinners who are the fastest in terms of the number of balls to collect 150 dismissals. He has taken just 15 deliveries more than the number of balls R Ashwin took to reach the landmark. Stuart MacGill is the quickest spinner having taken 8312 deliveries.
Quickest spinners to 150 Test wickets by deliveries
Bowler Team Deliveries
 Stuart MacGill  Australia  8312
 R Ashwin  India  8380
 Yasir Shah  Pakistan  8395
Yasir has achieved this milestone in just two years and 341 days from his Test debut. Only two other bowlers - England's Graeme Swann and Australia's Mitchell Johnson - have been quicker than Yasir in terms of time taken from debut to reach this landmark. While Johnson took just two years and 129 days from debut, Swann took two years and 250 days.
Quickest bowler to 150 Test wickets, time from debut
Bowler Team Time
 Mitchell Johnson  Australia  2 years, 139 days
 Graeme Swann  England  2 years, 250 days
 Yasir Shah  Pakistan  2 years, 341 days
 Shane Warne  Australia  2 years, 356 days
 Ian Botham  England  2 years, 362 days

Shiva Jayaraman is a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo.com. @shiva_cricinfo