Naseem Shah of Pakistan has become the youngest fast bowler in Test cricket’s history to take a five-wicket haul. The 16-year-old fast bowling prodigy achieved the feat in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Karachi as Pakistan won by 263 runs to clinch the two-match series 1-0 on Monday.

Shah, 16 years and 307 days, trapped Vishwa Fernando lbw for a nine-ball duck to complete his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 212 in chase of 476 runs.

Shah finished with figures of 5/31 from 12.5 overs.

S. noNameAgeCountryOpponentYearFigures
1Nasim-ul-Ghani16 years & 303 daysPakistanWest Indies19585/116
2Naseem Shah16y 307dPakistanSri Lanka20195/31
3Mohammad Amir17y 257dPakistanAustralia20095/79
4Nayeem Hasan17y 355dBangladeshWest Indies20185/61
5Enamul Haque jnr18y 32dBangladeshZimbabwe20056/45

Five youngest cricketers to five-wicket haul in Test cricket

The result marked Test cricket’s triumphant return to Pakistan with captain Azhar Ali thanking Sri Lanka agreeing to play in the country. “Special thanks to Sri Lanka from the bottom of our hearts,” said Azhar. “They have given us immense happiness by playing in Pakistan, it was pretty emotional.”

He also praised Shah who has played three Tests so far and taken eight wickets at 32.75. “Naseem is a special talent and we can build on our bowling attack in the years to come” he said.

Overall, Shah is the second youngest to the landmark with the list being topped by compatriot Naseem-ul-Ghani, a left-arm spinner. Incidentally, the earlier record for the youngest pacer to take a fifer was also held by a Pakistani – Mohammad Amir who was 17 years and 257 days old when he took 5/79 against Australia in 2009.

The victory is Pakistan’s first in the ICC World Test Championship which took their points tally to 80. The first Test in Rawalpindi was a drawn affair with the majority of it being washed out due to rain.