Nepal’s Rohit Paudel becomes the youngest male to hit an international half-century
Paudel was his team’s top run-scorer in the match against the UAE.
Updated - Jan 26, 2019 8:16 pm
Rohit Paudel, the right-handed batsman from Nepal, became the youngest man to smack a half-century in international cricket. He accomplished the feat in the second ODI against the United Arab Emirates in Dubai at the age of 16 years and 146 days. Batting at number seven, the Young Turk notched 55 runs from 58 balls with the help of seven scorching boundaries.
En route the stupendous knock, he also surpassed Sachin Tendulkar, who achieved the milestone against Pakistan, scoring 59 runs, at the age of 16 years and 213 days. Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistani all-rounder, held the record in the ODI format with a fifty against Sri Lanka at the age of 16 years and 217 days as per reports in International Cricket Council’s (ICC) official website.
Paudel shattering records
However, Paudel was a way off the overall international record, which is held by South Africa Women’s Johmari Logtenburg, who struck ODI and Test half-centuries at the age of 14. The talented Paudel is also the fourth-youngest man in the history of cricket to make his ODI debut at the age of 15 years and 335 days back in August 2018 against the Netherlands in Amstelveen.
As far as the match against the UAE was concerned, Paudel was his team’s top run-scorer and the knock helped Nepal post a respectable score of 242 for the loss of nine wickets. Paudel was dismissed by right-arm fast bowler Amir Hayat in the first ball of the 47th over. Gyanendra Malla was the next highest scorer, having notched 44 runs from 61 deliveries, opening the batting.
The target turned out to be a far cry for the home team as UAE folded for a paltry 97 in 19.3 overs. Fast bowler Sompal Kami ripped the heart out of the UAE batting lineup with a five-wicket haul. Leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane also brought forth all his experience and churned out a four-wicket haul. Nepal won the match by a comprehensive margin of 145 runs.