The “King Pair” is the most humiliating thing for a batsman. Before going to the King Pair, we will talk about “Pair” at first. When a batsman is dismissed for zero in the both innings of a two-innings cricket match, it is called that the batsman is dismissed for a “Pair”. It is a very common term and it has occurred in Test as well as in the first-class cricket several times.
On the other hand, “King Pair” refers to that dismissal when a batsman is dismissed on “Golden Duck” (dismissed without scoring a run on the first ball) in the both innings of a match. In the cricket world, it is a very common term.
In the Test cricket, total 18 batsmen have faced “King Pair” till date. Out of these 18 “King Pairs”, South African batsmen have been involved most times in this dismissal – 5, while Indian batsmen are at the second position in this list with 3. Only, West Indies and Pakistan batsmen have not involved yet in this humiliating dismissal. England lower-order batsman William Attewell was the first batsman to get “King Pair” in the Test cricket history.
Here we look at those 18-King Pair in the Test cricket history:
|1||Jan- Feb 1892||William Attewell||England||Australia||Sydney|
|2||Mar 1906||Ernie Hayes||England||South Africa||Cape Town|
|3||Dec 1910||Bert Vogler||South Africa||Australia||Sydney|
|4||May 1912||Tommy Ward||South Africa||Australia||Manchester|
|5||Feb-Mar 1936||Bob Crisp||South Africa||Australia||Durban|
|6||Mar 1955||Ian Colquhoun||New Zealand||England||Auckland|
|7||July 1960||Tich Wesley||South Africa||England||Nottingham|
|8||Dec-Jan 1977/78||Bhagwath Chandrasekhar||India||Australia||Melbourne|
|9||Feb 1981||Gary Troup||New Zealand||India||Wellington|
|10||Jan 1995||David Richardson||South Africa||Pakistan||Johannesburg|
|11||Mar 1998||Adam Huckle||Zimbabwe||Pakistan||Harare|
|12||Dec 1999||Ajit Agarkar||India||Australia||Melbourne|
|13||Mar 2001||Adam Gilchrist||Australia||India||Kolkata|
|14||May 2007||Javed Omar||Bangladesh||India||Mirpur|
|15||Dec 2010||Ryan Harris||Australia||England||Adelaide|
|16||Aug 2011||Virender Sehwag||India||England||Birmingham|
|17||Jan 2014||Rangana Herath||Sri Lanka||Pakistan||Sharjah|
|18||July 2015||Dhammika Prasad||Sri Lanka||Pakistan||Pallekele|