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Sehwag Does a Pair of Golden Ducks – The Famous King Pair

The much awaited and dearly missed Sehwag, whose absense was considered a weekness point in the first two matches and whose comeback was suppose to mean a stronger Indian squad, could not withstand more than one delivery and got out for a golden duck to Stuart Broad in the first inning and to James Anderson in the second inning. We kept on hearing that India was not playing with their full side because of the injured Sehwag and that that was the reason for their losses in the first two matches. He was flown 4000 miles to rescue India from a complete disaster. His return gave India confidence and hope of avoiding a demotion in their ICC Test Ranking.

His first inning duck was disappointing but everyone knew that such a great player would bounce back with a strong knock in the second inning. Unfortunately, that was not to be. Sehwag did not do any better in the second innning and came home with another Golden Duck lasting no more than just a single delivery. He must have been dearly missed in the first two matches of the series, not by India but by England.

Normally referred to as the King Pair, the world’s most destructive batsman has manage a duck on the first ball in both innings denying india the little face saving they had in the excuse that Sehwag was not available. Sehwag is only the second Opening Batsman in the history of Test Cricket to get a King Pair. The first was Javed Omar of Bangladesh.

His figures shine on the score board as:

First Inning: Balls faced – 1, Runs scored – 0

Second Inning: Balls faced – 1, Runs scored – 0

There have been many players who have had the honor of scoring a Pair of Golden Ducks but most have been bowlers even though some batsmen have also made it to the Dean’s List like Attapatu and Flintoff. But now, Sehwag has managed to get his name on the Honor Roll.

Player No of Pairs
CS Martin (NZ) 6
M Dillon (WI) 4
BS Chandrasekhar (India) 4
MS Atapattu (SL) 4
CA Walsh (WI) 4
M Muralitharan (ICC/SL) 4
AG Hurst (Aus) 3
A Nehra (India) 3
Manjural Islam (Ban) 3
RW Blair (NZ) 3
R Peel (Eng) 3
AB Agarkar (India) 3
DE Malcolm (Eng) 3
DK Morrison (NZ) 3
BS Bedi (India) 3
A Flintoff (Eng/ICC) 3
Z Khan (India) 3
DL Underwood (Eng) 3
CEL Ambrose (WI) 3
GD McGrath (Aus) 3

In the mean while, England compiled 710/7 (dec) in the first inning in reply to India’s 224 building a first inning lead of 486 runs. In reply, India lost its first wicket in the first over and are at 35/1 at the end of day 3.


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8 thoughts on “Sehwag Does a Pair of Golden Ducks – The Famous King Pair

  1. Where is Sehwag when India needs him

    Posted by Ravi | August 12, 2011, 7:15 pm
  2. Your post is wrong. The list you have provided is of duck pairs, and NOT golden duck (king) pairs.

    Posted by JJ | August 12, 2011, 10:03 pm
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