Golden Duck award for Dhoni and Co

Record six ducks in an innings


The Indian team now has an ignominious statistic under its belt: With six of their batsmen getting out without scoring in the fourth test match against England, it has the dubious record of six ducks in a single Test inning by an international team.

India shares this dubious distinction with South Africa and Bangladesh.

In the gallery of shame will hang the portraits of Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pankaj Singh — all of them went back without troubling the scorers — while Gautam Gambhir (4) and Varun Aaron (1) didn’t reach double figures.

Only three batsmen — skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (71), Ajinkya Rahane (24) and Ravichandran Ashwin (40) had respectable scores.

The last time that India had five batsmen out for duck was during the 1952 series at the Headingley, when England won by seven wickets inside four days.

Pankaj Roy, Dattaji Rao Gaekwad, Madhav Mantri, Vijay Manjrekar and Gulab Ramchand were out for duck in a total score of 165 in the second innings of that Test match. India were 0/4 at

one stage with Fred Trueman and Alec Bedser running riot.

It was a devastating six wicket haul of Stuart Broad that put England in control with India mustering just 152 at Old Trafford. Broad’s spell of swing bowling was ably complemented by an incisive Jimmy Anderson (3/46) as they made full use of the overcast conditions decimating the Indian top order and leaving the visitors reeling at 8 for four.

Dhoni (71) battled against the odds with a technique of his own as he got a bit of support from comeback man Ravichandran Ashwin (40) and in-form Ajinkya Rahane (24), which certainly wasn’t enough to put up a decent enough total on the board.

At stumps, England looked in control as they reached 113 for three with only 39 runs required to get the first innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Varun Aaron took the wickets of England’s

opening pair Sam Robson and captain Alastair Cook respectively, before Gary Ballance and Ian Bell struck up a decent partnership to take England to within 40 runs of India’s total.

But then, in the final minutes of action, Ballance was bowled lbw by Aaron, meaning Chris Jordan briefly came on to bat. England finished the day on 113-3, with Bell five runs from his half century.

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