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Nepal’s Rohit Paudel beats Sachin Tendulkar as youngest men’s international half-centurion

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Nepal batsman Rohit Paudel became the youngest batsman to score more than fifty in international cricket at just 16 years and 146 days old, 71 days younger than when Shahid Afridi had scored his 102 against Sri Lanka, and 67 days younger than Sachin Tendulkar when he made his maiden international half-century.

Paudel brought up the mark in the second ODI against UAE in Dubai. Paudel’s knock was a highly crucial one too, helping Nepal recover from 113-5 to post a competitive total of 242.

Rohit Paudel went past legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Shahid Afridi

Rohit Paudel went past legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Shahid Afridi

His knock was a fluent one too – his 58-ball knock featured seven fours as he scored 55 at a strike-rate of 94.82, considerably higher than any of his top-order counterparts.

The overall record though is held by South Africa Women’s Johmari Logtenburg, who made fifties in both Tests and ODIs as a 14-year-old.

Still, it’s a remarkable feat that the teenager will remember for a long time and possibly use as a springboard for grand achievements in the future. Just see how the careers of Tendulkar and Afridi panned out!

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