15-year-old Kushal Malla breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s 29-year record
Nepal’s Kushal Malla suddenly found out that he was about to make his international ODI debut. But he had so little time to join the squad that he could not tell his schoolmates.
Of course at that moment, not only friends, but the whole world had known his name. He became the youngest cricketer to complete a half-century across all formats.
Kushal played an important role in winning Nepal’s first match on their own home soil. The Nepalese teenager broke the 29-year record of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar by setting a world record.
He had broken the record of his countrymen Rohit Paudel, who accomplished the feat when he was 16 years and 146 days old. Last year, Paudel made the record against United Arab Emirates.
Nepal took the field against United States in the Cricket World Cup League 2 on Saturday. They were all out for 190 runs in 49.2 overs at Kirtipur. Kushal scored 50 runs off 51 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes.
In addition, Binod Bhandari made an important contribution by scoring 59 runs. Karan KC took 4 wickets and knocked out United States to 155 runs. Nepal won by 35 runs.
“I was not under pressure,” Kushal said in a warm voice after the record. “When I got on the field, I told myself I had to score well for the team. It was a great moment for me to put this record on home ground.”