Top 5 batsmen with most ducks In IPL history

The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League is almost upon us with the first game set to be played on April 9 between Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

This edition promises to be another blockbuster event and with the World T20 slated to be held in India later this year in October and November, the players would be looking to make the most of the opportunities and make an impression on the selectors.

However, this year there will be no home advantage and the tournament will be played across six venues in Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Chennai. The playoffs and final on May 30 will be played at the biggest cricket stadium in the world — the Narendra Modi Stadium. Much like last year’s tournament, which was held in the United Arab Emirates, there will be no fans in the stadiums at least, to begin with.

But IPL 2020 saw loads of runs being scored and hundreds smashed as well but as the tournament draws near, we take a look at a different stat — the players with the most number of ducks to their name in the history of the IPL.

Here are the top five players who have been out on a duck the most times:

NAME

MATCHES

RUNS

DUCKS

CATCHES

CENTURIES

HARBHAJAN SINGH (CSK, MI)

160

829

13

48

0

PARTHIV PATEL (MI, RCB, CSK, SRH, DEC, KTK)

139

2848

13

69

0

AJINKYA RAHANE (RR, MI, DC, RPS)

149

3933

13

59

2

ROHIT SHARMA (DEC, MI)

200

5230

13

89

1

PIYSUH CHAWLA (KXIP, KKR, CSK)

164

584

12

40

0

HARBHAJAN SINGH (13 DUCKS)

A former champion with both Chennai Super Kings and MI, Harbhajan Singh has the most number of ducks with the bat. Although his primary job was not to score runs for his team, he was a handy batsman down the order and a good tonker of the ball.

Bhajji as he is lovingly called, has been out on a duck 13 times in his career so far in 88 innings from 160 matches from 2008 to 2019. He missed the 2020 season in UAE because of personal reasons and will play for two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders this season.

Harbhajan has a total of 829 runs from 160 matches and has also scored a fifty and has a strike-rate of 138.16.

PARTHIV PATEL (13 DUCKS)

Parthiv Patel retired from all form of cricket recently and is second in the list with 13 ducks as well. Parthiv has represented CSK, the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, MI, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad during his 11-year stint in the IPL.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has played a total of 139 matches and batted 137 times out of that. He has scored 2,848 runs at a strike-rate of 120.78 and also has 13 fifties to his name.

AJINKYA RAHANE (13 DUCKS)

The former Rajasthan Royals skipper and current Delhi Capitals batsman also is a part of the list with 13 ducks to his name. Jinks has represented DC, MI, RR, Rising Pune Supergiants during the 13 editions he has been a part of.

The opening batsman has scored a total of 3,933 runs from 149 matches out of which he has batted 140 times. He has a strike-rate of 121.38 and has scored 28 fifties and two centuries.

ROHIT SHARMA (13 DUCKS)

The current Mumbai Indians skipper also has 13 ducks to his name like the above three and has played for Deccan Chargers and MI. Rohit has been the captain of MI since 2013 and has led them to five IPL titles — the most by any captain and team. Rohit has also been playing the tournament since its inception in 2008.

Rohit has scored 5,230 runs from 200 IPL games, out of which he has batted 195 times. Rohit has a strike-rate of 130.61 and has one century to his name and 39 half-centuries.

PIYUSH CHAWLA (12 DUCKS)

Much like Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla is a handy batsman and also played a key role in KKR’s 2014 win when he played a key role in scoring the final runs for the team. He has 12 ducks to his name and has played for CSK, KKR and Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) since the inception of the tournament in 2008.

Piyush has 584 runs from 164 games out of which he has batted 81 times. He has a strike-rate of 111.45 and is yet to register a fifty or century. This year he will play for the Mumbai Indians.

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