The saying "first impression is the best impression" may work in certain aspects of like but it was quite evident that it won't be the case for cricket. However, had it been true then we wouldn't have so many legends in cricket, who despite the worst possible start made it big in international cricket.
Let's have a look at some players who were dismissed on a duck on their debut but made it big in international cricket.
1) Sachin Tendulkar
Here's @sachin_rt. on ODI debut vs Pakistan in 1989. Sorted out for a DUCK by @waqyounis99. and caught by @wasimakramlive. But to be fair, his career turned out pretty well 😀 pic.twitter.com/okDPXsKzjn— Ian Pont 🇬🇧 (@Ponty100mph) August 8, 2019
Yes, you read it right. The "God of Cricket" Sachin Tendulkar scored a duck on his international debut. He was 16 at that time and India were up against a robust Pakistan bowling attack.
Just on the second ball of his innings, he was dismissed by Waqar Younis. Imagine if Sachin wasn't backed then and dropped immediately then we wouldn't have been able to witness a short Indian batsman rule the world of cricket with his bat.
Sachin has a plethora of records to his name, records that were held by different players but were all eventually broken by one man, the young Mumbaikar who never gave up and followed his passion with persistence.
A player with over 34,000 international runs in just Tests and ODIs combined, even he started with a 0.
2) MS Dhoni
Strange fact :— Virarsh (@Cheeku218) June 21, 2020
Dhoni scored Duck in His Debut Innings in both ODI and T20I..
Is there any batsman who scored duck in debut innings in both ODI and T20I🤔?#Cricket #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/wESRz1r6O4
If one is the God of Cricket, this man is the best captain in cricket's history. But even he couldn't survive a duck on his debut as he was run out against Bangladesh.
However, Dhoni had shown enough potential to be backed after some failures in the beginning, and once he set off, there was no stopping him.
Dhoni was an explosive and an unconventional batsman and despite his unorthodox shots, he managed to put up numbers. His power hitting helped India on countless occasions but the point to remember here is the fact that even he started with a 0.
The only captain to win all the ICC trophies, Dhoni is still very underrated as a batsman. People see him as the best finisher ever in the world but what people don't see is that a player who played most of his cricketing batting at no.5 and no.6 and still managed to clock 10,773 runs in ODI cricket.
How many other batsmen have achieved this feat?
However, what remains solid is the fact that another exceptional batsman who achieved so many milestones started with 0 on his scorecard on debut.
3) Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan races to 53 off 50 balls on Test debut. A big change from his ODI debut where he fell for a duck http://t.co/yqTmVuA2NR— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 16, 2013
India's "Gabbar" did not have the most fruitful of starts to his ODI career as well. Dhawan made his debut in 2010 against Australia and got out on a duck, as Clint McKay sent his back in the stands.
Dhawan was and still is one of those unfortunate players who was judged very quickly and dropped from the squad. But again, what's more, important is the fact that Dhawan scored a 0 on his ODI debut but still contrived to become India's key opener for such a long period of time.
As of today, his position in India's squad is uncertain but no one can deny the impact he has had with his batting. Not to forget, Dhawan's record in ICC tournaments is the best amongst all the active players, a big statement for a player who started with a 0.
Dhawan has crossed the 10,000 runs mark in International cricket, and hopefully, we'll see more of him in Indian colors.
4) Suresh Raina
Both Dhoni and Raina were out for a golden duck on their ODI debuts! #GoodByeDhoni#GoodByeRaina pic.twitter.com/TbivxQnPb3— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) August 15, 2020
Raina scored 6000+ runs in ODIs, over 1000 runs in Test and T20Is each, but did you know that he was even dismissed on a duck on his ODI debut.
His debut came against Sri Lanka and it was none other than the great Muttiah Muralitharan who dismissed him in his first-ever ODI game. Not to blame him but who would want to face Muralitharan in their first ODI match? Not us!
5) VVS Laxman
Today in 1998: VVS Laxman made his ODI debut & was out on duck.— Dilip Singh (@Statsdilip) April 9, 2018
(LBW by Mpumelelo Mbangwa of Zim)
He played 86 ODIs & 134 Test matches.
In his 16 years of cricketing career he never played any world cup.#Onthisday @mohanstatsman
"Very Very Special" Laxman did not have a special welcome to ODI cricket as he was dismissed for a duck in a match that eventually turned out to be his first and last ODI.
Laxman was playing against Zimbabwe when he was dismissed by Pommie Mbangwa. Laxman was an incredible test batsman but ODI cricket was something he didn't fancy. His second-ever ODI was where he was once again dismissed for a duck by South Africa by Shaun Pollock.
However, Laxman's legacy was untouched when it came to Test cricket, scoring over 8700 runs in Tests and breaking several records for India, registering wins that are embedded in India's glorious Test wins.
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