Virat Kohli Out for a ‘Duck’: All You Need to Know About ‘Duck’ in Cricket
The second test match between India and West Indies is being played at Jamaica, Kingston. On Day three of the second Test, India declared their innings on 168 runs. In the second innings, Virat Kohli departed without scoring a run. Virat Kohli was dismissed on the very first ball by Kemar Roach who got him caught. This is the fourth occasion in Test Match cricket that Virat Kohli has been on a golden duck.
4th time golden duck
Virat Kohli has been dismissed on a golden on four occasions. Kohli first registered a golden duck way back in 2011-12 against Australia in Melbourne. The second time, Virat Kohli was dismissed for a golden duck was in 2014 at Lord’s, England. The third time he was dismissed for a golden duck was in 2018 against England at Oval while his golden duck against West Indies at Kingston was the fourth such occasion.
Has been dismissed a Total of 9 times for ducks
Virat Kohli has played 133 Test match innings and has been dismissed on a duck on nine occasions. The first time he was dismissed on a duck was only in his third innings. This was way back in 2011 against West Indies. He took as many as seven innings to reach his maiden test fifty while it took him 15 innings to reach to the three digit mark.
5 Kinds of ducks
A close reading of the cricketing terms will reveal that there are in fact five kinds of ducks in cricket. If the batsman is dismissed on the very first delivery that he faces it is a golden duck. While a second or third ball dismissal is called bronze and silver ducks respectively. If a batsman is run out without facing a ball, the batsman is said to be deemed out on a diamond duck. However, if the batsman is dismissed for zero runs, irrespective of the deliveries faced, he is said to be out on a duck.
Interestingly, the original phrase used in cricket was duck’s egg out. But repeated usage over the years has ensured that only duck word remains in the phrase. The word has been in use even before the inception of Test cricket. Since’s ducks egg are round as zero, the phrase has come to be used.
In the year 1886 when Prince of Wales was out without scoring , most headlines read, ‘“Prince retired to the royal pavilion on a duck’s egg”. It was then that this thing got picked up by other media outlets across the world.