Nepal batsman surpasses Tendulkar’s record to be youngest half-centurion

Dubai: Surpassing master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s record, Nepal teenage batsman Rohit Paudel has become the youngest cricketer to score a half-century in international cricket at the age of 16 years and 146 days.

Earlier, Tendulkar was holding the record of the youngest half-centurion having played an innings of 59 in a Test against Pakistan aged 16 years and 213 days, ICC reported.

Paudel also gets past Pakistan player Shahid Afridi’s record of being the youngest batsman to score a half-century in the one-day format. Afridi had played a blistering centurion knock off 37 balls at the age of 16 years and 217 days in his maiden international innings against Sri Lanka.

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This is not the first time the Nepalese cricketer has set new benchmarks in the game. Earlier, he had come very close to setting a world record when he made his international debut aged 15 years and 335 days in August 2018, making him the fourth-youngest man in history to do so.

So far, Paudel has played a total of three one-day matches scoring 70 runs with an average of 23.33.


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