Getting out on a duck can be humiliating for a batsman. A golden duck? Even more humiliating. Imagine how a batsman must feel if they got out without facing a single ball. That’s what a ‘Diamond Duck’ is.
A diamond duck is when a batsman gets out without facing a single ball. A diamond duck is applicable in case of run-outs and time outs. Let’s take a look at 12 times an Indian batsman got out for a diamond duck in One Day Internationals.
#1. Roger Binny
India played Australia in December 1980 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. India were batting first, and made 208 runs with the help of Sandeep Patil and Syed Kirmani.
However, Roger Binny had bad luck, as he got run-out on 0. While he couldn’t make an impact while batting, he had a good outing as a bowler. He took 2 wickets for just 23 runs. Australia was bowled out for 142.
#2. Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh was a great batsman for the Indian team down the order. But in a match against Sri Lanka in the 2002 NatWest Series, he couldn’t even face a single ball. Bhajji got runout for zero. Thankfully, India were in a comfortable position due to Tendulkar’s brilliant century. Sri Lanka couldn’t win the match however and lost by 63 runs.
#3. Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan is one of the greatest Indian fast bowlers of all time. He got out for a Diamond Duck when India played England in Durban. He got run out without playing a single ball. India won the match by 82 runs, thanks to Ashish Nehra’s 6-wicket haul.
#4. Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan makes it to this list once again, this time against England too. This time India was chasing 317 runs. Khan got runout once again without facing even one ball.
#5. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli usually makes it to lists concerning positive batting records. This dismissal came in fateful India vs Zimbabwe match in 2010. The minnows handed India a shock defeat as the Indian team was outplayed in all departments. Zimbabwe won the match by 6 wickets. Brendan Taylor was named the man of the match.
#6. Abey Kuruvilla
Abey Kuruvilla is a former Indian fast bowler. He got out for a diamond duck when India played West Indies in 1997. West Indies won the match easily, as the Indian batting order collapsed completely. Only 3 players made it to double digits. Kuruvilla got run out for 0 from 0 balls.
#7. MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad is a former Indian wicket-keeper and a former selector for the national team. His dismissal came in a match against Sri Lanka in 1999. Sri Lanka won that match easily, as India was completely outplayed in all departments. The island nation won the match with 7 wickets to spare.
#8. Venkatapathy Raju
Venkatapathy Raju is a former Indian left-arm orthodox bowler. This incident happened in the 1991-92 Benson & Hedges World Cup. Raju got run out. Australia narrowly won that match by one wicket. Dean Jones was named the man of the match for his 90 from 108 balls.
#9. Chetan Sharma
Chetan Sharma is a former Indian fast bowler who played ODIs and Tests for the national team. He got out for a diamond duck in a match against Australia in the 1985-1986 Benson & Hedges World Series Cup. Australia won that match by 7 wickets, pushing India out of the World Cup.
#10. Navjot Sidhu
Navjot Sidhu was one of the best explosive batsmen of his time. However, his luck ran out in a match against Bangladesh when he got run out without facing even a single delivery. Jagaval Srinath won India the match, getting a 5-wicket haul. Thus, India won the match by four wickets.
#11. S Sreesanth
Any India Pakistan match is a high-intensity encounter due to real-life cross border issues between the two countries. So this was no different. Sreesanth got run out for 0 as India managed to make only 190 runs from 50 overs. Pakistan won the match comfortably by 6 wickets.
#12. Javagal Srinath
India were facing South Africa when this incident took place. Srinath got run out for a diamond duck, and India stumbled to a paltry 184. South Africa won the match easily by 6 wickets. Hansie Cronje was named the man of the match.