Pakistan’s young pace sensation Naseem Shah has become the youngest fast bowler to make a five-wicket haul in an innings of a Test match.
At the age of 16 years and 311 days, Naseem toppled his countryman Mohammad Amir to become the youngest ever fast bowler. Amir claimed a fifer against Australia at the age of 17 years 257 days in 2009 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
During Sri Lanka’s second innings, Shah dismissed Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embduldeniya and Vishwa Fernando to finish with a stand-out figure of 5/31 in 12.5 overs.
However, Naseem missed the opportunity of becoming the youngest ever bowler to claim fifer in a slight margin. The title belongs to Pakistan’s spinner Naseem-ul-Ghani who took five wickets in an innings against West Indies in 1957/58 at the age of 16 years and 308 days.
Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis heaped praise for young Shah saying, “I still feel it’s early days for Naseem, the five-for will take him a long way.
“People who have worked with him at different levels deserve credit,” he added.
Pakistan captain Azhar Ali also praised Shah who has played three Tests so far.
“Naseem is a special talent and we can build on our bowling attack in the years to come”
It was just last month when Shah made his international debut in the Brisbane against Australia. Sixteen-year-old Naseem became the youngest ever cricketer to make his Test debut on Australian soil.
He is also part of the Pakistan U-19 squad which will be traveling to South Africa for the World Cup to be held from January 17 to February 9 next year.
As of the match situation, the hosts beat Sri Lanka by 263 runs in the second and final Test in Karachi on Monday, taking the series 1-0. Sri Lanka, chasing 476 for victory, were bowled out for 212 in their second inning. Oshada Fernando top-scored with 102.
The first test in Rawalpindi had ended in a draw.
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