Batsmen have made massive progress in cricket with the innovation in technique. Earlier, the general belief was to build a long inning by starting slow, playing most of the shots in the ‘V,’ and rarely go for the aerial route. However, that method has changed now due to the limited-overs formats.
In formats like T20 and T10, the batsmen take almost no time to settle down in the middle. They need to hit the biggies and keep the scorecard ticking. Ones and twos often don’t lead to victories in the T10 matches. In ODI cricket, the batsmen need to hit the ball hard in the final overs because it can take the score to the next level.
However, in this article, we will take a look at those five well-known batsmen who could not even open their account in their first two ODI innings.
5. Rilee Rossouw
Rilee Rossouw is a top-order batsman from South Africa who has played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. Rossouw made his ODI debut for South Africa in 2014.
Although Rossouw played his first two ODI knocks against the lower-ranked Zimbabwe team, he scored back-to-back ducks. In his first match, he got run out. In the next game, Prosper Utseya dismissed him on the first ball.
4. Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson is the captain of the current New Zealand cricket team. Under Williamson’s leadership, New Zealand has attained the number one position in the ICC Test Rankings. Also, New Zealand finished runner-up in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
While many fans consider Williamson one of the best batters in world cricket, he did not have a great start to his career. Kane played his first ODI inning against India, where Praveen Kumar removed him for a duck. In his second inning, Williamson lost his wicket to Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka on the second delivery he faced.
3. Nathan McCullum
Another New Zealand player to appear on this list is the all-rounder Nathan McCullum. Many cricket fans might know that Nathan is the brother of former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum.
Nathan McCullum got out without scoring in his first two ODI innings. He got cleaned up by Lasith Malinga on the first ball he faced in ODI cricket. In his next inning versus Pakistan, Shahid Afridi got him out LBW on the first ball.
2. Shadab Kabir
Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Shadab Kabir achieved the rare feat of getting out for a duck in his first three ODI innings. Kabir played his first-inning versus England in 1996, where Adam Hollioake dismissed him.
Anil Kumble sent him back to the pavilion on the first ball he faced versus India in ODIs. Kumble did the same thing, albeit on the second ball, when Kabir batted for the third time in his ODI career.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Nicknamed as the ‘God of Cricket’ Sachin Tendulkar broke many records in ODI cricket. To date, Sachin holds the record for the most runs by any batsman in ODI cricket history. Tendulkar is the only man with 100 international hundreds.
However, he had gotten out for a duck in his first two ODI innings. Pakistan’s Waqar Younis and New Zealand’s Shane Thomson were the two bowlers responsible for getting Sachin out for zero in his first two ODI knocks. Nevertheless, this disappointing start did not impact Sachin at all as he became one of the all-time greats.