“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Alva Edison
Almost all among them are prime-time bowlers. But, another aspect that entices them in a common necklace of thorns is the faltering record of scoring ducks in Test matches. While the World now demands of all-rounders, their failure stories can be taken into account and success stories can be escalated by learning from their mistakes. Here is a list of 10 such cricketers who have scored the maximum number of ducks in Test Cricket:-
10. Danny Morrison – Renowned for his ridiculed and unique style of commentary during various cricket broadcastings across the globe, this Kiwi speedster is also famous for his ability of scoring ducks in Test matches. It is his sheer capability to score ducks and that too consistently, which has ultimately earned him the ‘Duckman’ title. Out of 48 test matches, he has an outstanding tally of 24 ducks.
9. Danish Kaneria – Danish Prabha Shanker Kaneria, one of the prime suspects for spot-fixing scandal is a former Pakistan leg spinner, is one of the centred bowling figure in the Pakistan bowling side in the recent past. What also get stuck in his throat as a piece of thorn apart from the spot- fixing scams is the surprising number of ducks in Test cricket. It stands tall with a total of 25 ducks in 61 tests.
8. Curtly Ambrose – Sir Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose is a 2.01 metres deadly fast bowler hailing from Antigua and has represemted West Indies in International Cricket. The more he was deadly in his lethal attack of fact bowling, the less methodical he was in his batting skills. He still holds a record of 36 ducks in 98 test matches.
7. Mervyn Dillon – It is believed that after the offset of the two great bowling legends in the name of Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh, Mervyn Dillon escorted the West Indian bowling attack single-handedly. However, his record of 26 ducks in 38 test matches somewhat looks askew.
6. Zaheer Khan – Zaheer Khan is arguably one of the best, if not the best, fast bowlers India has ever had. It is his adorable spells, comprised of swings on either side and with the inclusion of reverse swing that makes him one of the most successful fast bowlers in the World. But, his record on the batting side of scoring 39 ducks in 92 test matches eats away his glory to some extent.
5. Muttiah Muralitharan – Rated as the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack in 2002, Muttiah Muralitharan was a the top notch spin legend who holds the record of 800 test wickets, a feat compared to a Herculean task. However, his record of 33 ducks in 133 Test matches puts his batting qualities under scrutiny.
4. Shane Warne – Shane Keith Warne, reputed as the spin wizard is one of the best spin bowlers the sport of Cricket has ever witnessed. He was named Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1994 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. He is the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World 1997. He was also named Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2004 in 2005 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. In 2000, he was selected by a panel of cricket experts as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century. Apart from all these, his falling record of 34 ducks in 145 test matches is a feat he surely didn’t wanted to achieve.
3. Glenn McGrath – Glenn Donald McGrath is one of the pioneers in the fast bowling side of the Australian Cricket Team. Named as ‘Pigeon’ by his teammates, he was the most successful fast bowlers for the Australian side to play. But, despite his outstanding bowling figures, what makes his achievements stand short is his 35 ducks in 124 test matches.
2. Chris Martin – Christopher Stewart Martin, is a right-arm medium fact bowler for the New Zealand side. Not so efficient in bowling, his poor record seems to continue in batting also. His record of 36 ducks in 71 test matches puts his cricketing career into further shame.
1. Courtney Walsh – Courtney Andrew Walsh was one of the spear-heads in the West Indian attacking fast bowling juncture. His dedication and determination were iron-like just like his stature. This 1.98m tall Caribbean giant possesses an overwhelming record of 519 test match wickets, but his another record of scoring 43 ducks in 132 test matches compels him to top our list of duck-making cricketers in Test Cricket.