Pakistan always have produced world-class bowlers in all formats of cricket. Out of numerous from the long list, many have achieved the target of grasping 50 Test wickets to get termed as ‘quickest to 50 Test wickets’.
As the men in green stood versus Zimbabwe in the first Test match, Shaheen Shah Afridi, the emerging young lad who seems to have an experience of years, equaled the record of Wasim Akram and Sikandar Bakht yielding his 50th Test wicket featuring the nation in 16th Test match.
However, this does not make him Pakistan’s quickest to 50 Test wickets as Yasir Shah is the owner of the record. Here is the list of the men in green making this record from as low as 9 to as high as 16 red-ball innings:
Pakistan’s quickest to 50 Test wickets
The leg-spinner Yasir Shah is Pakistan’s fastest to 50 Test wickets. He achieved the milestone of standing in his 9th Test match.
Other than Yasir, no Pakistani has reached the feat in less than 10 Test matches. He is in the lite list of cricketers who grasped their 50th Test wicket in the 9th game.
The list of Pakistani cricketers who plucked their 50th Test wicket in the 10th red-ball game is quiettedious. The list includes the likes of Waqar Younis, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Asif, and Shabbir Ahmed.
Khan Mohammad, Saeed Ajmal, and Abdur Rehman are those three men in green who completed their 50 Test wickets featuring Pakistan in their 11th Test match.
After this, the names of Hasan Ali, Danish Kaneria, Umar Gul, and Parvez Sajjad are worth mentioning as they hit the record in their 12th red-ball match.
The list of the Pakistanis with 50 Test wickets in 13 matches is a bit long as it compiles the names of Fazal Mehmood, Imran Khan, Abdul Qadir, Saqlain Mushtaq, and Zulfiqar Babar.
The former cricketer Mohammad Ahmed and Junaid Khan are the only two cricketers to pick 50 red-ball wickets in their initial 14 matches.
It took 15 matches for Azeem Hafeez to complete his 50 Test wickets. He is the only Pakistani to achieve the feat in this list.
As discussed above, the names of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wasim Akram and notable who grasped 50 Test wickets in their 16 beginning Test matches for the country. The name of Sikandar Bakht is also worth writing.