Nepal batsman Rohit Paudel hit 55 off 58 balls against UAE, to become the youngest male player in history to bring up an international half-century. In the process, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s as well as Shahid Afridi’s long-standing records. While South Africa Women’s Johmari Logtenburg holds the record of the youngest player to have made an international half-century at 14 in both Tests and ODI, Paudel became the youngest male cricketer to do so as Nepal won the second of the three-match series by 145 runs.
Aged just 16 and 146 days, the prodigy made 55 from 58 balls in a 145-run one-day international win.
India great Tendulkar held the previous record with 59 in a Test against fierce rivals Pakistan at the age of 16 years and 213 days back in 1989.
Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi was the youngest to score an ODI half-century at 16 years and 217 days before Paudel etched his name into the record books.
Paudel’s fifty lifted the visitors to 242/9 before Sandeep Lamichhane and Sompal Kami shared nine wickets to bowl UAE out for just 97 in 19.3 overs in Dubai on Saturday.
Then Lamichhane, aged 18, and Kami, 22, took four and five wickets respectively to complete a fantastic 145-run win, levelling the three-match series 1-1.