Nagpur: The 16-year-old Canadian Nitish Kumar on Monday became the youngest cricketer to make his World Cup debut when he was chosen into playing XI against Zimbabwe in the Group A match.

Born in May 1994, Nitish is nicknamed as ‘Tendulkar’ as four and half years after Sachin Tendulkar made international debut against Pakistan in 1989.

Interestingly, Nitish opened the innings with the oldest player of the World Cup, 40-year-old John Davison who is playing his third World Cup.

"The first time I saw Nitish was 10 years back when he was only six. I was amazed to see a six-year-old's control over his shots. Even at that age, he could hit pull shots and I felt he was a special talent," Davison, the team's best player had said about Nitish on the eve of the match.

When asked about how fascinating it was to open the batting with someone who is two and half decades younger than him, Davison replied, "We balance out the average age of the team."

Nitish plays for Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club which has the best turf wickets in the country. In fact at that very club ground, India and Pakistan used to have their annual ODI series Sahara Cup during mid-90's.

Before Nitish, Ireland's George Dockrell debuted at 18 years and 213 days. Nitish has so far played five ODIs for Canada and made his debut against Afghanistan.

(Agencies)