Nepal’s Rohit Paudel has become the youngest male player in history to make an international half-century. The 16 years and 146 days old Paudel scored scored 55 runs off 58 balls against UAE on Saturday, according to ICC.
In the process, the teenager became the youngest ever batsman to score an international fifty. He broke the record set by Sachin Tendulkar, who made 59 in a Test match against Pakistan aged 16 years and 213 days. The honour in ODIs belonged to Shahid Afridi, who had smashed a 37-ball century aged 16 years and 217 days in his maiden international innings against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996.
Paudel also broke the record of India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar who scored a fifty in Tests aged 16 years and 213 days, according to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
However, South Africa Women’s Johmari Logtenburg is youngest cricketer to score an international Test and ODI half-centuries as a 14-year-old.
Paudel made his ODI debut aged 15 years and 335 days back in August 2018, making him the fourth-youngest man in history to do so. According to 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. He was 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’s latest effort should earn him a promotion in the batting order. His fifty set up a thumping 145 run win for Nepal as they squared the series.