Imagine spending most of your formative years toiling away in hope and you finally step on the hallowed turf of Test cricket only to get dismissed for a first-ball duck. Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan became the latest batsman to experience the tremors accompanying a player's debut when he was sent back without troubling the scorers during the first innings of the second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.
Including the 24-year old from Peshawar, there have been 30 cricketers who began their Test careers with a golden duck in at least one of their first two innings. Let us revisit five such instances wherein certain specialist batsmen were introduced to the unforgiving nature of the game in their first outing itself.
#5 – Alistair Campbell
In chronological order, the first of five batsmen on this list is Alistair Campbell. The left-hander played 60 Tests from 1992 to 2002 in a Zimbabwe side which competed on an even keel against the best teams of that era.
His entry into Test cricket was special for more reasons than one. He had the privilege of playing in his country’s first ever Test and contributed with a handy 45 in the first-innings. However, Campbell succumbed to a golden duck in the second innings at the hands of Kapil Dev even as the game itself petered out to a tame draw.