Yasir Shah’s spell ‘one of the best ever’ claims victorious Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed

A happy skipper, Sarfraz (left) with the man of the moment Yasir Shah. (AFP)
Updated 27 November 2018

Yasir Shah’s spell ‘one of the best ever’ claims victorious Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed

  • Yasir Shah has chacne to become quickest bowler to 200 Test wickets.
  • Mickey Arthur says Yasir's bowling was 'some of the best leg spin you'll ever see'.

LONDON: Sarfraz Ahmed claimed Yasir Shah’s eight for 41 was the best spell he has seen in Test cricket for many years.
The Pakistan skipper was speaking after another Yasir masterclass — six for 143 spun the hosts to an innings and 16-run win over New Zealand in Dubai. The win levels the series at 1-1 and sets up a do-or-die encounter in Abu Dhabi next week.
It was Yasir’s magic in the Black Caps’ first innings that ensured victory and Sarfraz waxed lyrical about what he saw once victory was confirmed.
“Yasir’s spell was the best that I have ever seen in my years of Test cricket,” the captain said.
Yasir’s match haul of 14 for 184 was the second best by a Pakistani in Test cricket and Sarfraz’s praise was backed up by Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur.
“We knew he had a big performance inside of him,” said Arthur of Yasir, who now has 195 wickets in 32 Tests.
“That first innings, I think there was a spell of about half an hour of the best leg-spin bowling you will ever see. Fourteen wickets in a Test match is superb.”
With his extraordinary performance, Yasir is in sight of breaking Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s 93-year-old record of being fastest to 200 wickets in 36 Tests.
“Yasir is very comfortable mentally, and he knows what an important cog he is in our Test line up,” Arthur said. “He got his rhythm going and we felt he was really good.”
While the coach and captain were gushing in their praise for the star spinner, Sarfraz hailed the entire team for the way they fought back after a humiliating defeat in the first Test.
“The chat was that when we leave Abu Dhabi, we have to leave the mistakes made behind,” he said.
“The responsibility was first with the batsmen to make some runs, and they delivered. Credit must go to Yasir, and the support that Hasan and the other bowlers, for how they bowled.”
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was left to rue a big defeat and told his team they had to learn the lessons of Dubai.
“(Yasir) is an exceptional bowler, and it’s important we learn some lessons quickly because we will face all the bowlers again. 1-1 decider back in Abu Dhabi, important to do that,” he said.


Saudi driver Reema Juffali makes history as first woman to compete in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi driver Reema Juffali makes history as first woman to compete in Saudi Arabia

  • Juffali is VIP driver in the Jaguar I-PACE e-TROPHY
  • Ahead of the race she said: “I am very excited"

RIYADH: Reema Juffali made history on Friday by becoming the first Saudi Arabian female racer to drive competitively in the Kingdom.

As the VIP driver in the Jaguar I-PACE e-TROPHY, Reema took to the track at the Diriyah Circuit in the first round of the championship.

She completed her fastest lap of the track created in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site in 1 min 39 seconds, a little over 5 seconds behind the pole position driver.

She went into the official championship race at the back of the grid, but that took nothing away from the moment for the young driver from Jeddah.

"Many (people) are surprised by all the changes happening in Saudi.

"Seeing me in a car, racing, for a lot of people it's a surprise, but I am happy to surprise people," she said.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Chairman of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority, touted it as a "watershed" moment for the Kingdom.

"Reema will have thousands cheering her on, as a professional racing driver," the prince said.

Juffali, who made one of her first appearances in competitive racing at the F4 British Championship at Brands Hatch in April, has only about a year of professional racing experience under her belt.

But she has had a passion for fast cars since her teenage years and grew up watching Formula One.

Ahead of the race she said: “I am very excited, I never thought this day would come, or at least I didn’t know when and it came a lot sooner than expected. I’m a year into racing and here I am now about to race at home which is an incredible feeling.”

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series is the official support race the SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix the opening double header for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.