Duck-Makers

Duck-Makers

Post by Sanjay Na » Thu, 29 Jul 1993 04:16:57


Just bought a copy of Wisden Cricket Monthy and The Cricketer Intl. Both have
some good pieces in it and if I get time, I'll post some articles from it.

In WCM's letters to the editor page, there's an interesting letter from Kersi
Meher-Homji of NSW, Aust. He writes a letter titled "Duck-Makers':

'Kapil Dev, only a dozen wickets shy of overtaking Sir Richard Hadlee's Test
aggregrate record of 431 scalps, is only a whisker away from an obscure Hadlee
landmark. The Kiwi holds a little-known record of dismissing most batsmen (66)
in tests for ducks. Kapil has so far shot down 65 test 'ducksters'.
        I have found that six bowlers have dismissed 50 or more batsmen for
zero at Test level, Fred Trueman being the first to do so. The elite six are
listed:

                Ducks   Tests   Ducks per test
                -----   -----   --------------
R.J. Hadlee     66      86      0.77
Kapil Dev       65      124     0.52
Imran Khan      62      88      0.70
M.D. Marshall   57      81      0.70
R.G.D. Willis   57      90      0.63
F.S. Trueman    50      67      0.74

Ray Lindwall (Aus) and Ian Botham (Eng) narrowly missed out, having dismissed
49 batsmen each for noughts in 61 and 102 tests respectively. Lindwall's
duck-per-Test ratio of 0.80 surpasses Hadlee's. No doubt Botham would love to
have one final crack at the Aussies to join the 50 Zero Gang.'

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Well, since the letter was published Botham has ofcourse retired and Kapil
dismissed Mahanama for a duck in the first test, equalling Hadlee's 66 victims.

Bye,

Sanjay Naik.

 
 
 

Duck-Makers

Post by Balaji Narasimh » Thu, 29 Jul 1993 05:52:00

                Ducks   Tests   Ducks per test
                -----   -----   --------------
R.J. Hadlee     66      86      0.77
Kapil Dev       65      124     0.52
Imran Khan      62      88      0.70
M.D. Marshall   57      81      0.70
R.G.D. Willis   57      90      0.63
F.S. Trueman    50      67      0.74

an interesting obs. (IMHO) is that all of the above have obtained
over 300 wickets. well, so has botham, and lindwall if i remember
right has 228. so, his percentile would work out higher if seen
in terms of wickets...

balaji