Step aside, Sachin: girl breaks Tendulkar record
Sachin Tendulkar’s 30-yearold record as the youngest player to score a halfcentury for India has been broken by a 15-year-old girl. Shafali Verma has smashed half-centuries in successive days for India in their fivematch Twenty20 series against the West Indies. Verma became the youngest cricketer to play for India in a T20 game when she made her debut against South Africa in October. Now she has reached new levels, hitting 73 in the frst game of the series in St Lucia on Saturday, and then following up with 69 not out at the same venue 24 hours later. Tendulkar was 16 years and 214 days when he made a half-century in a Test against Pakistan in 1989. Verma did it at 15 years and 285 days. The Indian batter is the second youngest to score an international T20 halfcentury – the record being held by the UAE’s Kavisha Egodage, who was 15 years and 267 days.