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Duck on Debut

The biggest dream for any cricketer is to start and end his career on a high. Debuts often hold a special position in a player’s heart. It is their moment of glory, their dream transforming into reality with years of sweat and hard work finally paying off. An aspiring player would wish and work for making a strong impact on his debut because the whole stage is set for him. However, failing on a debut could be a nightmare for some, shattering their hopes all at once but sometimes there could be a twist in the tale and a bad start may change your perspective making the player much better in his/her game.

Here are a few examples of some extraordinarily talented cricketers who failed in their very first match yet it did not stop them from propelling ahead rather they paved their path to success with diligence. Find out who are these batsmen.

  1. Saeed Anwar

Veteran batsman Saeed Anwar played over 55 test matches for Pakistan and scored more than 4000 runs with an average of 45.52. He is the 7th highest scoring batsman in test match for Pakistan and continues to be an inspiration for any upcoming player. We all celebrate Anwar’s laurels but one shocking fact about Saeed Anwar’s career is that he got on “0” in both the innings of his debut test match. He failed to score even a single run against West Indies, legendary bowlers Curtly Ambrose and Ian Bishop dismissed him in the first and second innings respectively. However, this did not stop Anwar and in his third test he scored 169 runs against New Zealand after which the rest is history.

  1. Andrew Symonds

Andrew Symonds is considered to be a cricketing icon for Australians, known for his stupendous sixes, athletic fielding and brazen style. Symonds made his test debut against Srilanka in 2004 and scored a duck in his very first test match. Although he eventually ended up scoring more than a 1000 test runs in test cricket with an average of 40.62, Symonds surely did not make a very successful debut.

  1. Kamran Akmal

Akmal was picked up in the national team for the tour to Zimbabwe in 2002. He was dismissed for a duck and was clean bowled by Raymond Price. In the 2nd innings, he made 38 but Price again managed to stump him. Despite a shallow start Akmal proved his batting prowess over time and went on to make history.  Who could ever forget his career defining 184 runs on 337 balls against India in Mohali test match in 2005. Apart from batting, he also showed his metal in wicket keeping and became the second most successful wicket keeper for Pakistan in Tests after Wasim Bari.

  1. Sir Len Hutton

A legend of the game, Sir Len Hutton started his celebrated Test career in 1937 with a duck in the very first innings and just one run in the second. After this dreary start Sir Len managed to make a century in his second test registering his name in the cricket fraternity.  Hutton scored 6,971 Test runs, including 19 centuries, at a whopping average of 56.67 from 79 matches.

  1. Lasith Malinga

Malinga made his Test debut on 1 July 2004 against Australia in Darwin. While he was immediately successful as a bowler in his test debut, he failed badly in the batting department as he could not score any run. He is among st those players who scored a test pair in their debut match. Lasith announced his retirement from test cricket in 2011.

There are many more to this list including Parthiv Patel of India, Graham Gooch from England, Brendon Bracewell from New Zealand and Allan Donald of South Africa so don’t think you are alone if you have performed poorly in your first game. Hopefully the list of players above will give hope to all the aspiring cricketers that even if the road is bumpy in the beginning, don’t be frightened for you can always turn destiny in your favor!

 

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