Pakistani Twitter was abuzz with an array of reactions as cricketer Yasir Shah scored his thumping debut century against Australia in the recently concluded test match at Adelaide.
Batting at number 8th, Shah scored his debut century, marginally delaying the second triumph of Australia in the test match series.
Yasir Shah ends as the second-highest run getter for Pakistan in the Test series against Australia.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 2, 2019
Forget press conference, everyone waiting for Yasir Shah’s century. pic.twitter.com/rrpNV5CXjQ
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) December 1, 2019
Fans had lost interest following the drab performance of the top-order and middle-order battling line that could not endure the lethal bowling attack of Australia. But Yasir Shah’s century reignited the dwindling hopes of victory for Pakistan on Sunday.
After Babar Azam, Yasir Shah is the second-highest scorer in the current series of the test match against Australia.
Shah’s magnificent century thrust Pakistan against the inevitable dreadful defeat; Pakistan standing at 89-6 managed to register 302-runs on the scoreboard following Yasir Shah’s momentous century and Babar Azam’s 97-runs knock.
Interestingly, Yasir Shah is Pakistan’s first centurion at number 8th since 2006, the last being former wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal who scored 113 runs against India in Karachi. Overall, Yasir Shah has become the ninth Pakistani to reach the benchmark.
Fans amused with his surprise century took to Twitter, to express excitement and appreciate Yasir Shah. Pakistan’s former pacer, Shoaib Akhtar also took to social media but slammed Pakistani batsmen after Yasir Shah’s debut century. Akhtar was immensely impressed by Yasir Shah’s knock of 113-runs.
What a moment this was last night – Yasir Shah's maiden first-class hundred.
Who's made your favourite 'unlikely' Test century…?pic.twitter.com/AJpsgShLw2
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) December 1, 2019
Our top order batsmen should definitely take video copies of Yasir Shah's innings back home and watch it on repeat.
Away century with the likes of Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood, and Lyon coming at you with full force is seriously immensely impressive. #AUSvPAK
— Faizan! (@TheFedz889) December 1, 2019
Yasir Shah's century was his 55th Test innings. He'd never previously made a 50.
Most innings played without reaching 50, before then making a maiden century:
54 Yasir Shah
33 Jerome Taylor
26 Graeme Cremer
20 Andrew Flintoff
Yasir also 9th in most Test inns before first 50.
— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) December 1, 2019
“Great resilience shown by @Shah64Y. Scoring a century in Australia coming at number 8 showing the rest of the batsmen “Asay hota hai bhai”. Another good knock by @babarazam258 as well,” Akhtar tweeted.
— M Hamza Khan (@MHamzaKhan4) December 1, 2019
Yasir Shah's century was a feat a certain blond leg-spinner never achieved. This almost-rounder spoke to @eld2_0 and revealed the reason why he fell short in this area.
Read the interview by going to https://t.co/YCrqwoGEsg
— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) December 1, 2019
Meanwhile, Pakistani bowler Usman Shinwari, who is playing domestic Quaid-e-Azam trophy, revealed that he encouraged Yasir Shah to score a century by challenging him to stay on the crease for long.
“Yasir was aiming to play longer innings when I went to him and said that ‘I will accept you as a batsman only when you will be able to stay at the crease in Australia, where you will face bowlers at speed of 150. I am happy that today he has done it,” said Shinwari after a domestic match in Pakistan.
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Pakistan’s lower order batting line added up a sum of 213 runs, being a second-best performance following the earlier record adding 230 runs by the last four batsmen against Australia in Brisbane in 2016.