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.