Test cricket has always been the purest form of the game, with mighty Sachin Tendulkar being the leading run-scorer with 15,921 runs in the format followed by the Australian great, Ricky Ponting with 13,378 runs. However in the bowling- section Sri Lanka’s M. Muraliatharan has scalped 800 wickets and is the leading wicket taker in this format followed by Australia’s Shane Warne with 708 wickets to his name.
Despite emergence of shorter formats like ODIs and T20Is, the longest format of the game is still the most popular format of the game all over the world. Also, the facts related to it are very surprising and interesting to know. There have been batsmen who are known for scoring consecutive ducks, let’s take a look-
5 players with most consecutive ducks in Test-cricket
1. R G Holland, Australia (5)
Debuting for Australia at the age of 38, the leg-spinner had a very short career as he represented Australia in only 11 Test matches. During his short career of 11 matches, the former bagged 34 wickets.
However even after having a short career, the Aussie did manage to get his name engraved in the history as he became the first ever cricketer to score 5 consecutive ducks in Test cricket.
R G Holland achieved this feat in 1985 as he registered a pair in 5th Test-match of ashes followed by the three ducks in the subsequent series against New Zealand.
2. Ajit Agarkar, India (5)
There were lot of achievements in the Agarkar’s career which Indian fans would be proud off as he was the fastest bowler to bag 50 ODI wickets at one point. But later in 1999-2000, he bagged an unwanted record to his name as the former registered five consecutive ducks in a three match Test-series against Australia.
The right-arm-pacer scored his first duck in 1st Test at Adelaide and then followed it with pairs at MCG and SCG. Prior to his unwanted record of five consecutive ducks, Ajit Agarkar has scored a Test century at Lord’s and still holds the record for the fastest fifty by an Indian batsman.
Ajit Agarkar represented India in 191 ODIs, 91 Tests and 4 T20Is and has scalped 349 wickets across formats and was known as one of the most reliable pacers back in his times.
3. Mohammed Asif, Pakistan (5)
Making his debut for Pakistan in 2005, Mohammed Asif’s career was a roller-coaster ride as he represented Pakistan in 23 Test matches before he was banned for 7 years following the match-fixing in 2010.
Prior to the match-fixing saga, the former had a decent bowling record as he grabbed 106 wickets in his bag at an handy average of 24.45 in 23 Test-matches he played for the country.
However having an average of 5.64 with bat, it’s hardly a surprise that medium-pacer etched his name in the record books for scoring most consecutive ducks as right-arm-pacer got a pair against the Indians as well as the Sri Lankans and registered his fifth duck against the England in 2006.
4. Mark E Waugh, Australia (4)
Nicknamed as Junior, Mark Waugh scored a century on Test debut against England in 1991 and was in talks all around for his elegance. The former was later regarded as one of the most elegant and gifted stroke makers to ever play the game.
But, a year later in 1992, tables were turned around him and he ran into trouble as the right-handed-batsman bagged successive duck pairs in two Test-matches against Sri Lanka at Colombo and Moratuwa.
His four ducks in a row earned him a temporary nickname “Audi” after the car makers four-circle logo. Waugh’s teammates trolled him by saying that if there had been another Test he had a chance to be renamed “Olympic”.
5. Kusal Mendis, Sri Lanka (4)
Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis is the latest entry in the list of batsmen with most consecutive ducks in Test-matches, which any batsman wouldn’t have wanted to enter, as the 25-year-old recorded four successive ducks in Test-cricket.
Kusal Mendis achieved this feat against South Africa and England as the former registered three ducks in the recently concluded South Africa series followed by a duck in the first innings of ongoing Test-match against England.
Kusal Mendis has scored 3007 runs at an average of 34.97 in Test cricket. His tally of 3007 runs include seven centuries and 11 half centuries. In 2017, he was even named as ODI batsman of the year for the 2016-17 season during Sri Lanka’s annual cricket awards.
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