KATHMANDU, August 4: Nepal national cricket team’s Rohit Kumar Paudel became the fourth youngest player in the history of ODI cricket when he took field during the second ODI match at 15 years and 335 days against the Netherlands at the VRA cricket ground on Friday.
It has been a historic series for Nepal against the Netherlands with records been made from all corners. However, this one was a little special than the others as the young Paudel overtook some of the most illustrious names of the game like Sachin Tendulkar and Shahid Afridi.
Afridi is seventh on the list when he made his debut against Kenya on October 02, 1996, at the age of 16 years and 215 days. Similarly, ninth on the list, the master blaster Tendulkar was 16 years and 238 days old when he made his debut for India against Pakistan in December 18, 1989.
The most recent young debutant was Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman who was 16 years and 252 years old when he made his debut against Ireland on December 5, 2017. He is now 10th on the list behind Tendulkar.
Pakistan’s Hasan Raza remains the youngest to play an ODI, having played against Zimbabwe in 1996 aged when he was just 14 years and 233 days. More recently in 2013, Kenya’s Gurdeep Singh became the second-youngest to make his ODI debut, aged 15 years and 258 days, when he fronted up against Afghanistan. Similarly, Canada’s Nitish Kumar is third on the list -- he was 15 years and 273 days when he played Afghanistan in Sharjah in 2010 and Aaqib Javed of Pakistan, aged 16 years and 127 days when he played the Windies at Adelaide in 1988, completes the top five.