Kusal Malla becomes youngest cricketer to score ODI half century
Kathmandu, January 26
Nepal national cricket team member Kusal Malla became the youngest player to score half century in the limited-over format of the game when he achieved the feat against the United States Of Amerika in world cricket league 2 tri-series ODI Cricket held in Kritipur International Ground, Kathmandu today.
Malla, who was brought into the squad in place of Rohit Kumar Paudel, reached the milestone in 49 balls when he scored 50 run. Malla achieved the feat at the age of 15 years and 340 days and that beat the likes of Indian legend Sachin Tendulakar and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi as well as Nepal’s Rohit Kumar Paudel.
Interesting Fact is that Malla came in replace of Rohit Kumar Paudel To break Paudel’s Record in Odi Cricket.
Malla — who was born in Kathmandu was born on 5 March 2004 — was dismissed for 50 runs off 51 balls that included seven boundaries. Malla had made the ODI debut against USA Just today . i.e. this is his first debut on ODI.
Afridi had scored his maiden international 50 at the age of 16 years and 217 days on his way to making the fastest century from 37 balls against Kenya in the Sameer Cup match in 1996, while Tendulkar was 17 years when he got his first fifty, against Sri Lanka at the Nehru Stadium in 1990, one year after making his national team debut.