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Most ducks in IPL

‘Doosra King’, Harbhajan Singh has the highest ducks in IPL history, with a total of 13 Ducks.

Most Ducks in IPL History

Sr. No.Player NameTeamDucks
1Harbhajan SinghChennai Super Kings13
2Parthiv PatelRoyal Challengers Bangalore13
3Piyush ChawlaChennai Super Kings12
4Manish PandeySunrisers Hyderabad12
5Ambati RayuduChennai Super Kings12
6Gautam GambhirDelhi Capitals (Retd)12
7Ajinkya RahaneDelhi Capitals11
8Amit MishraDelhi Capitals10
9Mandeep SinghRoyal Challengers Bangalore10
10Ravichandran AshwinDelhi Capitals9

*Last updated after IPL 2019

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Getting out without contributing to the scorecard is perhaps one of the most frustrating things in cricket. In cricketing terms it is called ‘getting out for a Duck’ or simply a ‘Duck’. The walk back to the pavilion seems longer and full of embarrassment and frustration after getting out for a ‘Duck. ’The only thing worse than getting out for a Duck, is to get out for a ‘Golden Duck’. A Golden Duck is when the batsman gets out on a Duck and that too on the first ball he/she faces. One thing for sure, no batsmen in the world will want their name up in the list of most Ducks. It is a record which every cricketer will shy away from.


‘Ducks’ are equally possible in any format of cricket. It’s not something unimaginable to happen. When a batsman is new to the crease, he has no first-hand idea of the pitch conditions, the ball swing and several other similar conditions. He doesn’t even have what we call to ‘have one’s eye set’ in the cricket world. All such things makes the batsman more vulnerable to getting out.

But if we have a look at the statistics T20 cricket features more ducks than other formats. This is because, being the shorter format of the game, batsmen don’t have much time to spend at the crease to settle down. It is almost as such that they have to start hitting shots right from the word ‘GO!’. This obviously increases the level of risk which the batsman undertakes and thereby increases the probability of getting out for a duck.

The Indian Premier League is the biggest T20 franchise cricket extravaganza in the world. The tally for most ducks in the IPL reveal interesting factoids. The general deduction on the basis of the fact that it is actually a testimonial for batting inefficacy, bowlers are supposed to feature more in the said list. But on the contrary batsmen dominate this list more than the bowlers. What is more shocking is many of the batsmen featuring in this list are in fact opening batsmen.

After Harbhajan Singh, at position 2. is the wicket-keeper, opener-batsman Parthiv Patel. Patel who currently opends for Royal Challengers Bangalore also has 13 Ducks. Another ace-spinner, Piyush Chawla finds himself in this list. Chawla who is famous for his cameos with the bat every now and then for Kolkata Knight Riders, stands third in the list with 12 Ducks.


Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu and Gautam Gambhir match Piyush Chawla’s 12 Ducks in the list of IPL most Ducks. The fact worth mentioning is that all these three batsmen have played as an opener at some point of time. Ajinkya Rahane is seventh with 11 ducks. At 8th and 9th places we have Amit Mishra and Mandeep Singh with 10 Ducks each. The third spinner and the last person to feature in the top 10 list of most Ducks in IPL is Ravichandran Ashwin, who got out 9 times for a Duck.

IPL: 5 batsmen with the most ducks

IPL: 5 batsmen with the most ducks

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