In cricket, sometimes a very rare incident occurs which is very tough to believe as those are hardly seen or heard before. In this article, we will talk about some of those rare incidents hardly occur on a cricket field.
- Pair (duck in both innings of a single match) in T20 cricket
In cricket, a “Pair” means a batsman is dismissed without scoring a single run in the both innings of a match. In the professional cricket, only first-class cricket (including Test cricket) allows two different innings for every team in a match. So it is very unusual that a “Pair” happens for example in a T20 cricket.
However in limited over cricket the “Pair” is possible if the match is decided by a super-over. When a limited-over match results in a tie after completion of the regular inning, super-over is needed to decide the match. In the super-over, both teams are allotted one over each.
After getting out on duck in the regular innings of the limited over match, if the batsman is again dismissed on a duck at the super-over, then “Pair” can happen as per its definition. However, it is referred to as an “unofficial pair” as the batsman’s runs are not counted in his statistical record.
On 25th July 2013, playing for Pakistan International Airlines, Shoaib Malik scored an “unofficial king pair” against Habib Bank Limited. “King Pair” refers to that dismissal when a batsman is dismissed on first ball duck in the both innings of a match.
On 10th January 2014, Sydney Sixers batsman Moises Henriques also scored an “unofficial pair” against Perth Scorchers.