Nepal's Rohit Paudel becomes youngest in history to score fifty, breaks Sachin's record

Ajit Vijaykumar 15:40 26/01/2019
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Nepal batsman Rohit Paudel. Image: ICC/Twitter.

Nepal batsman Rohit Paudel entered the record books by becoming the youngest ever to score a fifty in men’s cricket.

Paudel, aged 16 years and 146 days, hit 55 batting at number seven to help Nepal post a challenging 242-9 against UAE in the second ODI in Dubai on Saturday.

In the process, the teenager became the youngest ever batsman to score an international fifty. He beat the ODI record set by Pakistan great Shahid Afridi who did so at the age of 16 years and 217 days. Afridi had made 102 against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996.

Paudel also broke the record of India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar who scored a fifty in Tests aged 16 years and 213 days, according to the International Cricket Council.

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.

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