Six ducks! (From left clockwise) Virat Kohli, Pankaj Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara © Getty Images
The opening day of the crucial fourth Test between India and England at Old Trafford saw the visitors collapse in a spectacular fashion. Six Indian batsmen went back to the pavilion without scoring a run. While a shameful fact by itself, it is not the only such instance. Amit Banerjee sheds light on similar instances by India as well as other teams in Test cricket.
The Old Trafford Test was perceived to be all-important for both India and England even before a ball was bowled. The attitude of the Indian batsmen however, said otherwise. In a shambolic display of batting, India lost its first four wickets with a mere total of eight runs on the board — Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pankaj Singh and Cheteshwar Pujara.
It was MS Dhoni (71), Ravichandran Ashwin (40) and Ajinkya Rahane (24) who did much of the repair work to prevent India from a sub-100 total. Nobody else in the team made a mark, six of whom got out on a duck.
This is not the first instance in international Test cricket where a more than half of a side registered a duck in an innings. Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh all bear testimony to the fact. India themselves have thrice witnessed five of their batsmen being dismissed without scoring a run in an innings.
Following is the compilations of all the instances mentioned above:
1. Pakistan vs West Indies 1980, 3rd Test at Karachi: Number of Ducks — 6
The feared West Indian bowling lineup of Sylvester Clarke, Colin Croft, Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall tore through the Pakistani batsmen, dismissing them for a total of 128 during the host’s first innings at the National Stadium in Karachi. While the only bright spot in the innings was Javed Miandad’s brave innings of 60 from 169 balls. All was not lost as the Pakistani bowlers managed to turn the tables around by dismissing the tourists for 169. The match ended in a draw.
2. South Africa vs India 1996, 1st Test at Ahmedabad: Number of ducks — 6
India had set a lowly target of 169 for the South Africa. The Proteas were expected to achieve the target with ease. What occurred however on the fourth day of the Test was a stunning display of bowling by the Indian pacers. Javagal Srinath registered figures of six for 21, destroying the opposition apart. The Indians registered a historic 69-run win in the end and this remains one of the most famous Test wins for them to this day.
3. Bangladesh vs West Indies 2002, 1st Test at Dhaka: Number of ducks — 6
The Bangladeshi middle and lower-order batsmen were simply clueless in their second innings as they collapsed from 80/3 to 87 all out, handing West Indies a massive innings and 310-run victory. Jermaine Lawson emerged the pick of the bowlers with figures of six for three. West Indies would maintain their momentum to win the next Test by seven wickets and sweep the series 2-0.
4. India vs New Zealand 1999, 1st Test at Mohali: Number of ducks — 5
The first Test between the two sides saw the visitors dismiss India for a paltry total of 83. Dion Nash picked career-best figures of six for 27, strangling the Indian batsmen completely and not allowing any partnerships to blossom. Both the openers were removed for ducks, while Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid were removed for scores of 2 and 1 respectively.
The match saw a dramatic comeback from the hosts, who dismissed the Kiwis for 215 and then went on to post a mammoth 505 for three in their second innings. In an amazing turnaround, every batsman scored above 50, with Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar posting centuries.
5. India vs Australia 1948, 4th Test at Adelaide: Number of ducks — 5
Australia posted a massive total of 674 in their innings after winning the toss and choosing to bat, which featured a double-ton by Sir Donald Bradman. India were dismissed for 381 in reply and were asked to follow-on. A strong batting performance would have seen India heighten its chances for a draw. What happened however was a seven-wicket haul by Ray Lindwall, who removed five Indian batsmen for a duck. A century by Vijay Hazare along with a half-century by Hemu Adhikari saw India post a respectable score of 277 as they lost the match by an innings and 16 runs and conceded an unassailable 0-3 series deficit to the hosts.
6. India vs England 1952, 1st Test at Headingley: Number of ducks — 5
Dattu Phadkar and Vijay Hazare’s scores of 64 and 56 were only double-digit scores of India’s second innings, which led to an easy target of 125 for England, who achieved it with seven wickets to spare. Fred Trueman and Roly Jenkins picked four wickets apiece during India’s doomed second innings. England would continue their form for the rest of the series, eventually emerging winners by a 3-0 margin.
(Amit Banerjee, a reporter at CricketCountry, takes keen interest in photography, traveling, technology, automobiles, food and, of course, cricket. He can be followed on Twitter via his handle @akb287)