Step aside, Sachin: girl breaks Ten­dulkar record

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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.

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