Akshar Patel was bowled off the bowling of Steven Finn in the third game of the triangular series at Brisbane    Getty Images (File Photo)
Akshar Patel (above) was bowled off the bowling of Steven Finn in the third game of the triangular series at Brisbane Getty Images (File Photo)

Akshar Patel, celebrated his 21st birthday on January 20, 2015 with a golden duck in the One-Day International (ODI) between India England at Brisbane. Bharath Seervi lists the occasions when players got out for duck on their birthday in International matches.

Birthdays come once a year. When that day falls on match day, fans probably expect something more. A batsman is expected to score big while bowlers are expected to take wickets. Unfortunately, not many players manage to achieve the same, facing a fate similar to what Akshar Patel did on his 21st birthday.

Akshar has not got a good start to his Australian tour with the bat (which is unfortunate, given that the ICC World Cup 2015 is merely two weeks away). He was out for a second-ball duck against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on January 18 and two days later got a golden duck against England at The Gabba, the second innings coming on his birthday

How many players have got a duck on their birthday in ODIs? Akshar was the 18th to achieve this feat . The last was Hamilton Masakadza, on his 26th birthday in 2009. The others are listed in the table below.

Duck on birthday in ODIs

Birthday Batsman Runs (Balls) For Against Venue Date
34 Mark Burgess 0 (2) New Zealand England Old Trafford 17-Jul-78
29 Kim Hughes 0 (2) Australia England SCG 26-Jan-83
28 John Bracewell 0 (2) New Zealand Pakistan Sharjah 15-Apr-86
19 Asif Mujtaba 0 (10) Pakistan West Indies Gujranwala 04-Nov-86
30 Bryan Young 0 (3) New Zealand India Kotla 03-Nov-94
24 Basit Ali 0 (2) Pakistan New Zealand Port Elizabeth 13-Dec-94
36 Pat Symcox 0 (1) South Africa India Sharjah 14-Apr-96
29 Junior Murray 0 (1) West Indies Pakistan MCG 20-Jan-97
23 Makhaya Ntini 0 (0) South Africa Sri Lanka Galle 06-Jul-00
26 Azhar Mahmood 0 (1) Pakistan New Zealand Dunedin 28-Feb-01
23 Daniel Vettori 0 (2) New Zealand South Africa Adelaide Oval 27-Jan-02
31 Nathan Astle 0 (2) New Zealand Australia SSC 15-Sep-02
28 Dinesh Mongia 0 (4) India Pakistan Kotla 17-Apr-05
32 Russell Arnold 0 (3) Sri Lanka India Nagpur 25-Oct-05
37 Glenn McGrath 0 (2) Australia England MCG 09-Feb-07
25 Ian Bell 0 (10) England Bangladesh Kensington Oval 11-Apr-07
26 Hamilton Masakadza 0 (6) Zimbabwe Bangladesh Bulawayo 09-Aug-09
21 Axar Patel 0 (1) India England The Gabba 20-Jan-15

Akshar is the fourth player after Pat Symcox, Junior Murray and Azhar Mahmood to score a golden duck in ODIs on his respective birthday. Asif Mujtaba and Ian Bell played 10 balls for their birthday ducks.

Let us have the same list for Tests.

Duck on birthday in Tests

Birthday Batsman Runs (Balls) For Against Venue Date
27 Dicky Richards 0 (14) South Africa England Newlands 26-Mar-89
29 Cyril Vincent 0 (2) South Africa England Old Wanderers 16-Feb-31
30 Bill Bowes 0 (1) England Australia Headingley 25-Jul-38
34 John Cowie 0 (?) New Zealand Australia Wellington 30-Mar-46
25 Peter May 0 (?) England Australia MCG 31-Dec-54
25 Ian Meckiff 0 (?) Australia India Brabourne 06-Jan-60
26 John Edrich 0 (1) England West Indies Lord’s 21-Jun-63
27 Derek Randall 0 (7) England New Zealand Christchurch 24-Feb-78
26 Wasim Raja 0 (2) Pakistan England Headingley 03-Jul-78
29 Syed Kirmani 0 (?) India West Indies Eden Gardens 29-Dec-78
28 Faoud Bachhus 0 (7) West Indies Australia Adelaide Oval 31-Jan-82
32 Mudassar Nazar 0 (3) Pakistan West Indies Bourda 06-Apr-88
20 Waqar Younis 0 (1) Pakistan India Karachi 16-Nov-89
25 Ken Rutherford 0 (1) New Zealand Pakistan Faisalabad 26-Oct-90
38 Imran Khan 0 (4) Pakistan West Indies Faisalabad 25-Nov-90
27 Venkatapathy Raju 0 (4) India England Trent Bridge 09-Jul-96
31 Travis Friend 0 (2) Zimbabwe Sri Lanka Kandy 07-Jan-02
17 Talha Jubair 0 (2) Bangladesh West Indies Dhakad 10-Dec-02
25 Steve Harmison 0 (3) England Bangladesh Dhaka 23-Oct-03
26 Andrew Flintoff 0 (6) England Sri Lanka Galle 06-Dec-03
31 Charl Langeveldt 0 (1) South Africa Australia WACA 17-Dec-05
28 James Anderson 0 (1) England Pakistan Trent Bridge 30-Jul-10
29 Carlton Baugh 0 (4) West Indies India Sabina Park 23-Jun-11
38 Jacques Kallis 0 (5) South Africa Pakistan Abu Dhabi 16-Oct-13

In Tests 24 players earn this distinction , six of which were golden ducks (where number of balls are known). Dicky Richards played 14 balls on his 27th birthday in 1889 for a duck. The most recent to get to this list was Jacques Kallis on his 38th.

Duck on birthday in T20Is

Only one player has achieved this in T20 Internationals (T20I): Tamim Iqbal, on his 25th birthday, on March 20, 2014 against Hong Kong at Chittagong. It was a second ball duck for him.

(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 at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)