Pakistan's Yasir Shah wants match with India's R Ashwin

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 17, 2016 12:46 hrs

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah wished he had a Test face off with ace Indian off-spinner Ravichandaran Ashwin.

Shah became the joint-second fastest to 100 wickets in Test match cricket when he took 5 for 121 in his 17th match against West Indies in the first day-night Test in Dubai on Sunday.

Interestingly Ashwin wished Shah on Twitter and the leg-spinner acknowledged that Ashwin's best luck message was an inspiration.

"Yes, he had said good luck so I am thankful," Shah said of Ashwin's tweet.

"It's naturally motivating when a great bowler who is second fastest to 200 tweets a good luck message and it's really a great motivation for me."

Ashwin, who became the second fastest to 200 wickets in the recently concluded home series against New Zealand had wished Shah "best of luck" in a tweet last week.

"Good luck, may the force be with him. He is such a delight to watch," Ashwin had tweeted last week.

On Shah achieving the record, Ashwin tweeted "Just a little late I guess, but very well done @Shah64Y double it up now."

Shah wished he play against Ashwin and that he wants to feature in a India-Pakistan Test match.

"Every Pakistani and Indian player has this wish to play against each other. I have not played a Test against India so it's my wish."

Since 2007, India and Pakistan have not played a Test series owing to political tensions.

With India number one in Test rankings and Pakistan number two, there was a suggestion of having a one-off Test to determine a world Test champion.

But a renewed tension between the two arch-rivals since an attack on a military base in Kashmir have left the two nations close to war.

Shah further stated that he has faced no problems in his comeback from a failed dope test of last year.

"I was lucky that I was suspended for three months only and I did not lose any Test series and since my come back I have found no problems," he signed off.

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