Young Nepalese Batsman Breaks Sachin Tendulkar's Record

Young Nepalese Batsman Breaks Sachin Tendulkar

Young Nepalese Batsman Breaks Sachin Tendulkar's Record 

New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar's long standing record of being the youngest player in international cricket to score a half-century was recently broken by Nepal batsman Rohit Paudel. While representing his national team in the second One-Day International (ODI) against UAE in Dubai, the Nepalese batsman set the new record at the age of 16 years, 146 days, beating the record of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 59 runs in a Test match against Pakistan at the age of 16 years and 213 days.

Rohit Paudel is also the youngest man to score a one-day international half-century, beating Shahid Afridi. The former Pakistani cricketer had scored a 37-ball century in an incredible first innings against Sri Lanka aged 16 and 217 days.

As per ICC, Paudel has long been touted as a future star of Nepalese cricket, having struck highly rated Indian speedster Kamlesh Nagarkoti for 24 runs in five balls in an U19 ODI in 2016.

The young batsman was also at the crease as Nepal secured ODI status for the first time with victory over Papua New Guinea at the Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

Paudel stroked a 58-ball 55 as Nepal, one of cricket's rising forces, thrashed the United Arab Emirates by 145 runs in the second ODI.

The batsman's fellow player, the 18-year-old Sandeep Lamichhane, claimed 4-24 with his leg-spin as Nepal bowled out their hosts for just 97 in an ill-fated chase of 243 to win.

However, Paudel was still far off from breaking the record for all internationals, as South African women's player Johmari Logtenburg had scored fifties in both Test and ODI cricket at a mere age of 14 years.

(With AFP inputs)