Nepal batsman Rohit Paudel scripted history as he became the youngest cricketer to score an international fifty at the age of 16 years and 146 days, breaking Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar’s 29-year-old record.
The teenager stroked a 58-ball 55 as Nepal, one of cricket’s rising forces, thrashed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 145 runs in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Dubai.
Tendulkar scored his maiden fifty when he was 16 years and 213 days old in a Test against Pakistan in Faisalabad.
Paudel also became the youngest to score a ODI half-century, beating Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, who smashed a 37-ball century in his maiden international innings against Sri Lanka when he was 16 years and 217 days old.
However, Paudel didn't break the overall record for youngest half-centurion in International cricket as it currently stands with South Africa Women’s cricketer Johmari Logtenburg, who had scored an ODI fifty at the age of 14.
Paudel made his debut in August 2018 at the age of 15 years and 335 days, which made him the fourth-youngest male cricketer to do so.
Meanwhile, the three-match ODI series between Nepal and UAE is locked at 1-1 after the hosts won the series opener by three wickets. The third and final ODI will be played in Dubai on Monday.