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Cricket World Player of the Week - Yasir Shah

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After having been dropped for the last test match against New Zealand, Yasir Shah was under the pump for not having a big enough impact.

The leg spinner showed his class in the first test match against South Africa with seven scalps.

There are times when Yasir Shah is criticized for his inconsistency and high economy rates but you have to feel for the leg spinner who seldom gets to play a test match at home.

When he was presented with an opportunity and found the pitch an ally rather than a deterrent, he picked up seven wickets in the first test match against South Africa apart from playing a useful hand of unbeaten 38 in the first innings to swell Pakistan's lead.

Yasir exploited the well-documented inability of the South African batsmen to counter spin, especially in the subcontinent conditions. As a result, 18 of the total 33 wickets to fall in the first test match went to spin.

Further, out of the 20 South African wickets, 14 fell to spin with Yasir Shah and Nauman Ali sharing five wickets in South Africa's first innings while the two shared nine scalps in their second innings.

Yasir returned with figures of 22-6-54-3 in the first innings, bagging the crucial wicket of Faf du Plessis. He pocketed four more scalps in the second innings, all among South Africa's top six as he got the better of Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock.

At 34, Yasir needed such a performance to bounce back and will now bowl with newfound confidence and energy in the 2nd test.

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