5 players with most golden ducks in Test cricket

S Samaddar
Modified 01 Apr 2020
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No, not even the number 11 batsman, liked to be dismissed for a duck and as commentators are at pains to explain, plenty of tailenders take their batting very seriously. Hence, being dismissed for a duck is something that no one likes and it is perhaps far more embarrassing when it happens off the first ball that the batsman faces.

Over the course of the history of Test cricket, plenty of batsmen have been dismissed for zero off the first ball he faces and departs for a Golden Duck. So here is a look at 5 players who were dismissed for Golden Ducks most times in Test cricket and have entered a dubious hall of fame of sorts.

#5 Steve Harmison: 9

Steve Harmison

The former England fast bowler was the team’s pace spearhead at a time when the team became a far more dominant force during the mid-noughties and Steve Harmison’s bowling was a major factor in that transformation. However, as far as his batting went, he was a specialist number 11 and that is not altered by the fact that he had top-scored for England in an innings once.

Harmison usually believed in going after the bowlers from the outset and get some runs quickly. However, that sort of strategy can’t work in international cricket and he duly got as many as 21 ducks in his Test career. Out of those, 9 were golden ducks, which is actually 10.47 percent of the 86 occasions on which he batted. It is the highest percentage among all the players on this list.

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Published 27 Mar 2018
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