Nepal's Paudel surpasses Afridi, Tendulkar to become youngest cricketer to score ODI fifty

Nepal batsman Rohit Paudel became the youngest male cricketer to score an international half-century breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s previous mark.

Paudel, aged 16 years and 146 days, stroked a 58-ball 55 as Nepal and became the youngest man to score a one-day international fifty, beating Shahid Afridi, who smashed a 37-ball century in an incredible first inning against Sri Lanka aged 16 and 217 days.

Indian legend Tendulkar scored his maiden Test fifty when he was 16 years and 213 days old.

His fellow teenager, the 18-year-old Sandeep Lamichhane, claimed 4-24 with his leg-spin as Nepal bowled out their hosts for just 97 in an ill-fated chase of 243 to win.

Paudel was, however, a fair way off the record for all internationals, with South African women’s player Johmari Logtenburg having scored the fifties in both Test and ODI cricket as a 14-year-old.

He made his ODI debut aged 15 years and 335 days back in August 2018.