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5 batsmen who made ducks on Test debut but went on to become greats

Modified 24 Jun 2015, 14:18 IST
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It’s a batsman’s worst nightmare: a duck on Test debut! Nobody wants to feel the embarrassment of the long walk back to the dressing room without troubling the scorers, especially not on the biggest stage in world cricket.For these 5 players, though, that’s exactly what happened. However, they turned it around to be remembered in cricket folklore for all the right reasons. Read on to find out who they are.

#1 Marvan Atapattu

The textbook Sri Lankan opener had possibly the worst start to a Test career imaginable, recording scores of 0, 0, 0, 1, 0 and 0 in his first 6 innings, and didn’t pass 30 until his tenth Test match when he finally broke the shackles with his maiden century.

From that point onwards there was no looking back, with Atapattu recording 16 centuries from 90 Test matches, including 6 double tons, at an average of 39.02. The elegant right-hander scored a century against every Test playing nation and also went on to captain Sri Lanka.

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Published 24 Jun 2015, 12:49 IST
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