Even before the first ball was bowled, the first Test between England and Pakistan had raised enough curiosity for the fans. The hoopla around the game was due to the return of Mohammad Amir, who was going to play his first Test for Pakistan after serving the five year ban. Not many knew that there would be a Yasir Shah, who would steal the light from the left-arm pacer only on the second day of the Test match.
There were many records which went for a toss at the Lord’s during the course of the match.
Have a look at all of them:
Yasir Shah got best figures by a leg-spinner at Lord’s
One has to begin with Pakistan’s new found spin wizard. Yasir Shah, he is. Yasir played a big role in Pakistan beating England in the first Test. His haul of 10 for 141, is the best bowling spell by a leg-spinner at Lord’s. Yasir broke the previous record of Doug Wright, who had got 10 for 175 in 1947.
Alastair Cook – most runs as an opener
England captain Alastair Cook did not have the best of time in the first Test as a captain. However, he surely had a match to remember as a batsman. In the first innings, he surpassed the great Sunil Gavaskar to become the Test opener with most number of runs.
Best Bowling in an innings by a Pakistan Bowler at Lord’s
We just cannot get enough of talking about Yasir Shah as he does not let us do it. Yasir, also recorded the second – best bowling figures by a Pakistani bowler at Lord’s. The last time a Pakistani bowler took 5 wickets was Mushtaq Ahmed in the year 1996. Co-incidentally, Mushtaq shares the dressing room with Yasir as the bowling coach of Pakistan in this tour.
Misbah – the oldest to score Test ton at Lord’s
Pakistan Captain Misbah-ul-Haq’s hundred on the first day of the Test match booked a place for him in the record books. The 42-year-old became the oldest batsman to achieve a Test ton at Lord’s. And what a wonderful way he chose to celebrate the occasion – 10 pushups on the trot. Well done, Misbah.