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All you need to know about golden duck in cricket

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Former Bangalore captain Virat Kolhi continued his poor run of form in the Indian T20 League 2022 as he was dismissed for a golden duck against Team Lucknow at the DY Patil Stadium on Tuesday.

After Bangalore opener Anuj Rawat returned to the pavilion in the very first over of the match, Kolhli soon followed as he was dismissed on the very first ball that he faced against Lucknow pacer Dushmantha Chameera. The former India captain tried to guide the ball through off-side but ended up giving an easy catch to Deepak Hooda at the backward point on the final ball of the first over.

Interestingly, this was the fourth time Kohli was dismissed for a golden duck in the Indian T20 League. The last time he was out for a golden duck in the Indian T20 League was against former Kolkata fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile in 2017.

What is a golden duck in cricket?

The term ‘duck’ in cricket refers to a batter getting dismissed without scoring a single run in their innings. A golden duck, in extension, is when a batter gets dismissed on the first ball of his/her innings without troubling the scorers. 

What are the types of ducks in cricket?

There are generally eight different types of ducks in cricket. These are golden duck, silver duck, bronze duck, diamond duck, royal duck, laughing duck, pair and king pair. All types of ducks require the batter to get out without scoring a single run. 

Golden Duck: When a batter gets dismissed on the first legal delivery that they face, it is known as a golden duck.

Silver Duck: When a batter gets dismissed on the second delivery of their innings, it is termed a silver duck.

Bronze Duck: When a batter is dismissed on the third delivery of their innings, it is known as a bronze duck.

Diamond Duck: When a batter gets dismissed without facing any legal delivery, it is termed a diamond duck. Diamond Duck is especially applicable in the case of run-outs and time-outs (if an incoming batter is not ready to play within three minutes of the dismissal of the previous batter they are considered dismissed via time-out).

Royal Duck: When an opener gets dismissed on the very first ball of their team’s innings, it is known as a royal duck.

Laughing Duck: When a batter gets out at the end of their team’s innings, it is termed a laughing duck.

Pair: When a batter gets dismissed for zero in both the innings of a Test match or a first-class game, it is referred to as a pair.

King Pair: When a batter gets dismissed on the very first ball that they face in both the innings of a Test without scoring any run, it is called a king pair.

Who has the most golden ducks in cricket?

Former Sri Lanka cricketers Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga have the most golden ducks in Test and One-Day Internationals (ODIs) respectively.

While Muralitharan has recorded 14 golden ducks in Test cricket, Malinga accumulated 13 golden ducks in ODIs.

Pakistan batter Umar Akmal has registered the most golden ducks in T20 internationals. Umar Akmal has been dismissed for a golden duck six times in the cricket’s shortest format.

Meanwhile, AB de Villiers, Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir and Parthiv Patel have recorded the most golden ducks in the Indian T20 League. All the four batters have been dismissed for a golden duck on four occasions each.

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