Saturday, January 26, 2019

Paudel beats Tendulkar, Afridi to become youngest man to hit ODI 50

Nepali all-rounder Rohit Kumar Paudel – at 16 years and 146 days old – has become the youngest male batsman in history to register a 50 in One-Day International cricket – writing a new history at the ICC Academy in Dubai – after hitting 55 runs off 58 balls against UAE today. After losing an opener yesterday, Nepal bounced back today to register a thumping victory over UAE.
With a remarkable batting display Paudel has beaten the likes of legendary Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi.
The previous record was set by Afridi, who registered 102 runs against Sri Lanka aged 16 years and 217 days in Nairobi in 1996. The other international record of a half-century in a Test Match was set by Indian cricket legend Tendulkar, who registered 59 runs against Pakistan at the age of 16 years and 213 days in Pakistan in 1989.
The right-hand batsman said that he raised his bat only after Karan KC told him that he hit a half-century.
Afridi had converted his half-century into a 37-ball 102 which remained as the fasted ODI century for a long time. Likewise, Indian star cricketer Tendulkar had made 59 runs against Pakistan in test cricket at the age of 16 years and 213 days.
Paudel’s 55 runs was Nepal’s highest score in the second ODI against UAE, which Nepal began 1-0 down in the series and finished on 242/9 after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Right hand batsman Paudel of Nawalparasi was 15 years and 335 days old when he made his ODI debut against the Netherlands in August last year, making him the fourth youngest man. Paudel first caught attention for hitting India fast bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti for 24 runs in five balls in a U19 ODI in 2016.
The overall international record is held by South Africa’s Johmari Logtenburg, who hit both Women’s Test and ODI fifties as a 14-year-old.

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