King Pairs in Test match cricket

England’s JM Anderson became the 19th player to get a king pair (or golden pair), having been dismissed in the first ball of each innings.

This is one of those statistics which cannot directly be pulled out of Statsguru. One can ask it to list all those who scored 0 runs in a match with 2 dismissals and 2 balls, but even this will be misleading as not all innings have the balls-faced recorded. There are a few who were dismissed 2nd ball in one innings and dismissed with an unknown number of balls in the other innings.

Anyway, after checking all the concerned scorecards we arrive at the following list of 19 instances of undisputed king pairs in all Tests.

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No captain has faced this indignity, though some wicketkeepers have. The debutant TA Ward was unfortunate to become part of both of TJ Mathews’s hat tricks, while a better known keeper Adam Gilchrist was part of India’s first hat-trick in the first innings.

BS Chandrasekhar was the only one to supplant his king pair with a 10-wicket haul (6 wickets in each innings) while the Sri Lankan pair of Herath and Prasad are the only others to take 5-fors.

Another point of interest is the NZ keeper Colquhoun who was part of the record 26 all out which has stood since 1955 despite several determined attempts to breach it in recent years.

Most of the players on the list are not recognized batsmen, but prominent exceptions include Gilchrist, Richardson and Sehwag. Others such as Agarkar have scored at least one Test century.

Queen pairs or silver pairs were covered in another article less than a year ago:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/abd-and-the-record-books-again/

It has been checked that as on 23 Nov 2016 there have been no additions to the 16 queen pairs listed there.

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