LONDON (Web Desk / AFP) – Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been crowned the new world No.1 ranked Test bowler after his maiden 10-wicket Test haul set up victory over England at Lord’s.
Shah’s return of 10 for 141, including Sunday’s second-innings figures of four for 69, was pivotal to Pakistan’s 75-run win over England in the first of a four-Test series at Lord’s on Sunday.
The 30-year-old leg-spinner s these figures were enough to knock off England veteran James Anderson and claim the No.1 position in the International Cricket Council rankings for the first time in his 13-Test career.
Remarkably, this was Shah s first Test outside of Asia and the United Arab Emirates.
My effort was to do well with bat, but I could not, so I tried to do it with the ball later on,” he said.
“The thing is the spinner is relied upon on the fourth and fifth day.
“I am fortunate that Mushy is here and Intikhab Alam is our manager. They share their experiences and we execute that on the ground.”
Pakistan now lead the four-Test series 1-0 but England, who are due to name their squad on Monday, could have both Anderson and Stokes available for Friday’s second Test at Old Trafford.