Yasir Shah now owns the unwanted record of highest economy rate in Test cricket

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Yasir Shah now owns the unwanted record of highest economy rate in Test cricket

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Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah now holds the unfortunate record for the highest economy rate in a single Test innings after he conceded 124 runs in 14 overs in the third Test of their Australia tour. No Indian makes the top 10 in the economy charts, but there are three South Africans in the list.

Yasir Shah now leads the list of the worst economy rate by a bowler in an innings in Tests with an incredible economy rate of 8.85. Shah was at the receiving end of some fabulous Australian batting with the likes of David Warner, Usman Khawaja, and Steven Smith taking him to task in the third Test of the ongoing series. Warner scored 55 runs in just 27 balls while Smith, who Shah eventually managed to send back to the pavilion, scored 59 runs off 43 balls. Australia piled on an impressive 241 runs in just 32 overs, handing Pakistan a target of 465.

Before the series, Aussie legend Shane Warne had called the Pakistani leggie the best spinner in the world based on his performances in Pakistan's tour of England. However, in the three-match series, Shah has managed to claim only eight wickets at an average of 84, which is well above his career average of 31.51.

Shah is followed on the list by Bangladesh bowler Shahadat Hossain who was hit at a rate of 8.41 by England during the 2005 tour at Lord's. Aussie leg-spinner Bryce McGain is third on the list for the 8.27 economy he had suffered in a match against South Africa. That was the only time the 44-year-old represented his country in the longest form of the game. South African duo Allan Donald (8) and Imran Tahir (7.82) complete the top 5.

India, too, have a representative in Rahul Sanghvi at the 36th place on the list. The left-arm orthodox bowler played just once for India in a match against Australia in 2001 and conceded 6.48 runs in doing so.

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