Indian Premier League (IPL) is gearing up for its 11th season and all the franchisee have got their squads ready and are confident of having a successful IPL 2018 season. While T20 format of the game yields fours and sixes, batsmen often tend to get out for cheap scores and even on ducks while trying to accelerate the run rate for their teams. Hence, we look at the 5 players who have most ducks in IPL history.
Batsmen batting at the lower end of the side often have to face the quality death bowling which results in the number 8,9,10 and 11 getting out for very fewer runs and very often on ducks as well. We take a look at those top 5 unfortunate players who hold the record for getting out for most ducks in IPL (Indian Premier League).
Top 5 Players with most ducks in IPL history:
1). Harbhajan Singh – 13 ducks in IPL
The former Mumbai Indians star always had a batting style of his own which yielded runs for his team at the most unexpected of times, however, Harbhajan Singh also has been a victim of 13 IPL ducks from 84 IPL innings, which is the highest record for most ducks in IPL.
Many might not consider him as a potent batsman but Bhajji has managed 76 fours and 41 sixes (127 boundaries in total) from his 84 IPL innings. Despite scoring 799 runs, Harbhajan Singh does hold the record of registering the most number of ducks in IPL history.
2). Parthiv Patel – 12 ducks in IPL
The flashy opener and wicket-keeper has second-most ducks in his IPL career so far, with 12 ducks to his veteran self. Over the years, Parthiv Patel has played for 6 different IPL franchisee so far and has always been given the role of an opener.
Parthiv’s responsibility is to go hard at the bowling in the powerplay which requires him to take risks and attack the quality opening bowlers. Most of the times, it has come off for Parthiv but he has also got out on 12 ducks in IPL (Indian Premier League).
2T). Gautam Gambhir – 12 ducks in IPL
Surprised to see Gambhir’s name on the list of players with most ducks in IPL? I certainly was given Gautam Gambhir is one of the most successful IPL batsmen of all time. Gambhir has 4132 runs from 147 innings, but the left-hander also has 12 ducks in IPL, that he claimed masterfully.
Gambhir has hit over 540 boundaries in the IPL but has often lost his wicket early on in the innings against quality spinners perhaps a point other teams can not as Gambhir gets ready to start his IPL journey with Delhi Daredevils.
3T). Piyush Chawla – 11 ducks in IPL
Among the top 5 players with most ducks in IPL, Piyush Chawla has the worst innings-per-duck average after registering 11 ducks from his 69 IPL innings. Coming down the order, Piyush often has lost his wicket trying to hit the ball out of the ground but sadly given his meager physique, chances of his clearing the boundary becomes slender and he ends up losing his wicket.
3T). Manish Pandey – 11 ducks in IPL
Another surprising name in the list of players with most ducks in IPL is Manish Pandey who has become one of the more reliable batsmen in T20 cricket for India and his IPL sides. Having left Kolkata Knight Riders to join Sunrisers Hyderabad, Manish would be hopeful of not adding on 11 ducks in his IPL 2018 campaign with the SRH.