Nepal batsman Rohit Paudel has broken master blaster Sachin Tendulkar's record to become the youngest player to score a half-century in international cricket. Rohit set the new record at the age of 16 years, 146 days during Nepal's clash against UAE in an ODI on Saturday in Dubai. Sachin had scored 59 runs in a Test match against Pakistan at the age of 16 years and 213 days in 1989.
Apart from breaking Sachin's record, Rohit has set another benchmark. He is also the youngest man to score an ODI half-century, beating Shahid Afridi's record, who smashed a 37-ball century for Pakistan against Sri Lanka aged 16 and 217 days in 1996.
Paudel's 58-ball 55 came during Nepal's 145-run win over UAE. With the ball, it was the turn of another teenager - 18-year-old Sandeep Lamichhane to excel. Sandeep claimed figures of 4 for 24 with his leg-spin as Nepal bowled out their hosts for just 97 in an ill-fated chase of 243 to win.
South African women's player Johmari Logtenburg, who scored fifties in both Test and ODI cricket as a 14-year-old, holds the record of being the youngest to score a fifty in all internationals.