Kohli and the ducks

Kohli’s golden duck in the first Test is attracting attention. Let us look at the long relationship of Indian captains and ducks.

First, the summary of all ducks scored by Indian Test captains:

These are arranged in order of ducks scored in the entire career as captain. (See the last column).

Did you notice that Kohli has crept ahead of Dhoni’s record of captaining India in 58 Tests?

Kohli, Dhoni and Pataudi have the most ducks. While Ganguly, Azharuddin and Gavaskar captained in more Tests than Pataudi, they had considerably less ducks.

Pankaj Roy is one who scored a duck in his only Test as captain.

NJ Contractor played the most Tests (12) without ever making a duck.

Vizianagaram oddly enough did not make a duck in 3 Tests although his batting average was only 3.50

Now for golden ducks:

Kohli has the most (3) while a few others have 2.

Now for silver ducks (out 2nd ball):

Kohli has 2 along with Pataudi and Bedi, while Dhoni has 3. Bedi in fact had a pair of silver ducks, which one may call a “queen pair” to match the king pair for one who is out first ball in each innings. That was during John Lever’s unique debut (50 +10wm).

Finally, bronze (brazen?) ducks (out 3rd ball):

Dhoni has 2, while Pankaj Roy had one in his only Test as captain.

Pairs in Tests-Updated Nov 2019

Correct as on 20 Nov 2019

You would know a King Pair or Golden Pair-when a batsman is dismissed first ball in each innings.

A Queen Pair or Silver Pair is when it is second ball in each innings.

A Jack Pair or Bronze Pair for three balls.

We also look at pairs involving 4, 5 and 6 balls in each innings.

Note that for many Tests before 2000, balls in an innings were not always recorded.

Here is the updated list of King Pairs:

King Pair

The 21 cases include a number of recognized batsmen (Richardson, Gilchrist, Javed Omar and Sehwag). Maybe even Agarkar, who made a Test century at Lord’s. Interestingly there is no King Pair at Lord’s.

Now for Queen Pairs:

Queen Pair

22 cases here, including two by McGrath in successive Tests in 1998-99.

Dawson and Broad achieved this at Lord’s. The two of them and Mohammad Abbas deserve their own little board at Lord’s.

Recognized batsmen here include OG Smith, Mudassar, Samuels, de Villiers, Babar Azam and Markram. AL Mann and Broad have also made centuries.

While no captain has made a King Pair, Bedi and de Villiers are here.

Now for Jack Pairs:

Jack Pair

Vettori, Griffith and Powell are the recognized batsmen here.

Finally we come to 4-, 5- and 6-ball pairs which are much rarer.

4-5-6 ball pair

One may invent new terms such as Ruby pairs or Sapphire pairs here.

Here, even Ireland’s bowlers inflict these ducks on recognized batsmen.

Gibbs, DS Smith and Bairstow are the recognized batsmen here.