Rohit Paudel shines as the Nepal’s new batting sensation as he broke Sachin Tendulkar’s 29-year-old record yesterday at ICC Academy in Dubai. He has now become the youngest player to reach the mark of a half-century in the international cricket. This record has surpassed the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Shahid Afridi.
Sachin Tendulkar had this record in his name for 29 years. He had achieved this milestone at the age of 16 years and 213 days. It came off in a Test match against Pakistan in Faisalabad. To beat the record, Paudel made his maiden half-century in the international match with 55 runs off 58 balls. The match was the second ODI against UAE. Nepal had an easy win over the host on the day. It also turned out to be revenge against the loss they faced in the first match. UAE and Nepal are contesting in a three-match ODI series. Both nations have bagged 1 win each so far.
The previous record for being the youngest half-century scorer in ODI was in the name of Afridi. The achievement came off in his maiden international innings against Sri Lanka. He had reached the half-century mark at just 37 balls. Paudel was also the top scorer for Nepal that started with batting. Nepal had decent 242 runs in the limited 50 overs losing 9 wickets while UAE flushed out easily at 97 runs. They lost all the wickets within 19.3 overs. Nepal registered a comprehensive 145-run victory as they level the series 1-1. In a close encounter, UAE had bagged the first match by three wickets.
Fourth Youngest Debutant in ODI
Paudel has proved that Nepal indeed has tremendous talent and with enough exposure, they are capable and ready to set milestones. He was close to making another record previously. It was back in August 2018 when he made his ODI debut. He was only 15 years and 335 days older when he played his first ODI for Nepal. This made him only the fourth-youngest ODI player in the history to do so.
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