Women's Sports: Shafali Verma topples Tendulkar's record as youngest to hit international 50


Shafali Verma, 15, has become the youngest ever player to score an international half-century.

Verma did not just settle for one half-century though, she repeated the achievement twice this weekend. The 15-year-old scored 73 off 49 balls on Saturday in the first match in the five-match Twenty20 clash between India and the West Indies becoming the youngest player to do so. 

Verma then repeated her feat in the second match on Sunday where she made 69 not out from just 35 balls as India stormed to a 10-wicket victory.

Verma has written herself into the history books and broken cricket great Sachin Tendulkar's 30-year-old record of being the youngest player to score an international 50 runs at 16 years and 214 days old. Verma achieved the same impressive feat at just 15 years and 285 days.

Verma made her debut for India in October against South Africa and became the youngest player to play for the country in a T20 game, scoring 46 runs.

The Rohkat native spoke earlier this year about the influence Tendulkar had as a young girl and how watching his last Ranji trophy game had inspired her.

"That’s when it all began. I saw him play and after every shot, he got so much cheer from the crowd. I had already started playing tennis-ball cricket by then and this inspired me a lot."

As a young girl, Verma had to dress as a boy to go to a cricket academy as there were no facilities for girls to play.

"I was made to play with the boys. He told me to hit fearlessly and I have been doing that ever since. I cannot imagine not playing that way."

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