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Statistical review of batsmen with two or more consecutive ducks from ODI debut

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South African Rilee Rossouw became the latest entrant in the unwanted list © Getty Images

Rilee Rossouw of South Africa bagged two ducks, both golden, in his ODI career’s first two innings. He became just the second player to get two golden ducks in ODI career’s first two innings. Bharath Seervi lists the players who got a duck in their second inning after a duck already in their ODI debut.

Rilee Rossouw have not had a good start to his One-Day International (ODI) career. He is yet to leave a ball in his ODI career of two matches. Well, he has got out for golden duck in both his ODIs he played, both against Zimbabwe. Rossouw made his debut at Bulawayo on August 21 replacing Hashim Amla, who was rested. He was run out by Malcolm Waller on the very first ball he faced coming as an opener. He was given second chance by resting AB de Villiers in the Harare ODI on August 29. He was sent to bat at No 4 but the result was similar. He was caught at slip by John Nyumbu off the bowling of Prosper Utseya who in the next ball completed his hat-trick.

Rossouw, with two golden ducks in career’s first two innings, became only the second player in the ODIs to achieve this dubious feat. The only other player to have done this is New Zealander Nathan McCullum in 2009. McCullum was bowled against Sri Lanka at Colombo (RPS) on September 9, 2009 and caught leg before against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi in the same year.

Overall 23 players have scored a duck in their second ODI outing having already registered a duck on ODI debut. Three players have got three ducks in their first three ODI innings. That is the highest number of consecutive ducks from debut in ODIs.  Those three players are Shadab Kabir from Pakistan in 1996, Nicholas de Groot from Canada in 2003 and Peter Gillespie from Ireland in 2006. Rilee Rossouw shares his name in the list which also contains the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin Tendulkar also started his ODI career with two ducks, both of two balls, in 1989. Other notable batsman to have got such a start is New Zealand’s Kane Williamson. Below is the table listing all the players.

Three ducks in career’s first three ODI innings

In ODIs, 186 players have scored a duck on their ODI debut out of which 23 of them went on to score another duck in their next inning. A further three players scored another duck in the third inning aswell.

Name Team Year Balls faced in each duck ODI career
Mat Runs Avg 100s 50s Best
Shadab Kabir Pakistan 1996 2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
NA de Groot Canada 2003 4 4 2 6 44 7.33 0 0 17
PG Gillespie Ireland 2006 3 2 1 5 2 0.5 0 0 2

Shadab Kabir was never picked in the team after his three ducks in as many matches. He remains the batsmen with highest number of innings batted without scoring any run in ODI career. Peter Gillespie played just three ODIs and Nicholar de Groot four ODIs.

Two ducks:

Name Team Year Balls faced in each duck ODI career
Mat Runs Avg 100s 50s Best
Harilal Shah Kenya 1975 1 2 3 6 2 0 0 6
SFAF Bacchus West Indies 1978 2 4 29 612 26.6 0 3 80*
RG Callander Canada 1979 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
ERNS Fernando Sri Lanka 1983 3 7 7 101 20.2 0 0 46
Asif Mujtaba Pakistan 1986 10 3 66 1068 26.04 1 6 113*
Harunur Rashid Bangladesh 1988 14 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
SR Tendulkar India 1989 2 2 463 18426 44.83 49 96 200*
MS Sinclair New Zealand 2000 1 4 54 1304 28.34 2 8 118*
CM Willoughby South Africa 2000 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
Riaan Walters Namibia 2003 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
JJ van der Wath South Africa 2006 6 1 10 89 14.83 0 0 37*
Dolar Mahmud Bangladesh 2008 4 1 7 61 15.25 0 0 41
Fahad Alhashmi UAE 2008 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
NL McCullum New Zealand 2009 1 1 67 949 20.63 0 4 65
CAK Walton West Indies 2009 1 2 5 17 4.25 0 0 17
GH Dockrell Ireland 2010 3 3 39 107 11.88 0 0 19
KS Williamson New Zealand 2010 9 2 54 1699 39.51 3 11 145*
Ziaur Rahman Bangladesh 2013 1 2 13 124 11.27 0 0 41
Mohammad Shahzad UAE 2014 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
RR Rossouw South Africa 2014 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0

Four players – Robert Callandar from Canada, Harunur Rashi from Bangladesh, Riaan Walters from Namibia,Fahad Alhashmi from UAE  — never played any more matches in their ODI career. Mohammad Shahzad and RileeRossouw may play more ODIs in future. CM Willoughby of South Africa played another ODI but did not bat and ended his career.

Sachin Tendulkar (49), Kane Williamson (3), Matthew Sinclar (2) and Asif Muztaba (1) are the only players in above list to have scored an ODI century later in their career. They are also the only players to score over 1000 ODI runs.

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)

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