Every batsman in cricket desires to play a match winning knock for his country but going out on a duck is their worst nightmare. The score of zero is known as a duck and the term was coined by a British newspaper when Prince of Wales was dismissed on a score of nought on 18th July 1866. Now let’s advance to a more modern history of cricket and look at the players with the most ducks in the World T20 Cup.
5. L. Wright
On number 5 in this list is English all-rounder L. Wright. The blonde fox from Leicestershire has played brilliant knocks for his country in 4 different World T20 Cups. In 2012, his innings of 99* against Afghanistan is one of the greatest knocks played by an English player at the World T20 Cup. However, Wright has an unwanted record to his name which makes him a part of this list. He is the only batsman to be dismissed on a duck on 4 separate occasions. Despite this record, he was one the most influential players in their successful 2010 campaign.
4. A. Russell
Team: West Indies
The nucleus of the West Indian juggernaut, ‘Russell the Muscle’ is one of the most fearsome all-rounders in the world. The towering Jamaican has played many memorable innings for his country throughout his career. However, he has made his name into this unwanted list of players with most ducks in the World T20 Cup. Russell has failed to open his account 4 times in 18 innings at the biggest T20 tournament. He is also the only Caribbean player who has walked off on a duck 9 times in T20Is.
3. S. Jayasuriya
Team: Sri Lanka
The player who always played in 5th gear and didn’t differentiate between cricket formats, is a surprise entrant on this list. Legendary Sri Lankan opener S. Jayasuriya was dismissed on a duck 4 times in 3 different World T20 Cups. Jayasuriya played 18 matches and scored 346 runs at an average of 21.62 including 3 half-centuries.
2. T. Dilshan
Team: Sri Lanka
Jayasuriya is not the only opener on this dreaded list for Sri Lanka. His accomplice in destroying opposition bowlers T. Dilshan also features on this list. The creator of ‘Dil-Scoop’ was sent back to the pavilion on a duck 5 different times in the World T20 Cup. Despite this undesired record, Dilshan scored 897 runs in 34 innings at an average of 30.93 in 6 different World T20 Cups.
1. S. Afridi
Pakistan’s hero on several instances but also villain on few of them, Afridi always divided critics with his far too aggressive batting approach. Once the scorer of fastest ODI century, Afridi has had his fair share of ducks in ODIs and T20s across his long career. ‘Lala’ failed to score a single run and was dismissed on a duck 5 times in the World T20 Cup. Despite this low in his career, Afridi won the World T20 Cup with Pakistan in 2009.
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