Duck in Cricket: Exploring the Various Types of Dismissals

Discover the different types of dismissals in cricket known as "Duck" and delve into the rules and significance of this term in the game. From bowled and caught to LBW and run out, explore the art of dismissing batsmen without them scoring a single run.

By Crickified Mohit
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Virat Kohli leaves the field in disappointment after registering his first-ever ODI duck during ODI World Cup 2023 India vs England 29th Match at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

Cricket, known for its unpredictability, often sees batsmen getting out without scoring any runs. This dismissal, referred to as a "duck" in cricket, can be seen as an unfortunate or unlucky event for the batsman. In this article, we will delve into the concept of ducks in cricket, exploring the various types of ducks that can occur during a match.


Understanding Ducks in Cricket

When a batsman is dismissed without scoring any runs, it is said that the batsman has been dismissed for a duck. This can happen due to various reasons, such as the bowler getting the better of the batsman or an unfortunate run-out. Ducks are a common occurrence in cricket, and different types of ducks are recognized based on the number of balls faced by the batsman.

Types of Ducks in Cricket

  1. Normal or Regular Duck: When a batsman gets out for zero after facing more than three balls (a minimum of four deliveries), it is referred to as a regular or normal duck.
  2. Golden Duck: A golden duck occurs when a batsman is dismissed for a duck in the very first ball he faces. This means that the batsman scores zero runs off just one ball.
  3. Diamond Duck: A diamond duck refers to a situation where a batsman gets out for zero without even facing a single ball. This typically occurs when a new batsman comes in, stands at the non-striker's end, and unfortunately gets run out without facing a delivery.

It is worth mentioning that the above three types of ducks are the most commonly known ones, often mentioned by commentators during matches. However, there are a few other types of ducks that are relatively lesser-known but equally interesting.

  1. Silver Duck: If a batsman gets out on the second ball he faces, it is referred to as a silver duck. In this scenario, the batsman's score would read as 0 (2), indicating that he scored zero runs out of the two balls he faced.
  2. Bronze Duck: Similarly, if a batsman gets out without scoring any runs on the third ball of his innings, it is known as a bronze duck.
  3. Titanium Duck: A titanium duck is quite rare and mirrors a diamond duck. It occurs when a batsman gets out for zero without facing a delivery on the very first ball of the team's batting innings. This type of duck is considered one of the rarest occurrences in cricket.
  4. Golden Goose: Another rare occurrence is the golden goose, where a batsman gets out for a golden duck in the first match of his team's new season.
  5. Pair and King's Pair: Pair and King's pair are terms used in Test cricket. In this format, batsmen get the opportunity to bat twice in a match. If a batsman scores a regular or normal duck in both innings of a Test match, it is referred to as a pair. Similarly, if the batsman gets out for a golden duck in both innings, it is known as a King's pair.

Most Ducks in International Cricket

Now that we have explored the different types of ducks in cricket, let's take a look at the players who have scored the most number of ducks in international cricket (Test, ODI, and T20I combined). These players have faced the challenges of getting dismissed without scoring runs on numerous occasions. (Table Reference: CricketOnDemand)


 #   Player   Team   Span   Total Mat  Total Inns   Ducks
 1 Muttiah Muralidaran Sri Lanka 1992 - 2011 495 329 92
 2 Courtney Walsh West Indies 1984 - 2001 337 264 54
 3 Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka 1989 - 2011 445 296 53
 4 Glenn McGrath Australia 1993 - 2007 376 206 49
 5 Stuart Broad England 2006 - Present 133 232 49
 6 Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka 1997 - 2015 149 252 47
 7 Daniel Vettori New Zealand 1997 - 2015 295 408 46
 8 Wasim Akram Pakistan 1984 - 2003 356 460 45
 9 Zaheer Khan India 2000 - 2014 92 124 32
 10 Shane Warne Australia 1992 - 2007 145 199 30


Ducks in cricket are an inevitable part of the game. Batsmen can face various types of ducks, ranging from normal ducks to golden ducks and diamond ducks. These dismissals add an element of unpredictability to the game and test the skills and resilience of the batsmen. Some players have faced numerous ducks throughout their careers, highlighting the challenges they have encountered on the field.

Cricket, with its ever-changing dynamics, continues to captivate fans worldwide. Ducks, although disappointing for the batsmen, contribute to the excitement and suspense of the game. Whether it's a golden duck or a regular duck, each dismissal adds to the rich tapestry of cricket history.

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