Scoring a duck always comes with its share of embarrassment. Here are some interesting facts on ducks that are worth having a read.
Most innings before first duck: AB de Villiers of South Africa has played the most Test innings before scoring his first duck. AB played 78 innings before scoring his first duck against Bangladesh at Centurion in 2008.
Most consecutive innings without a duck: DI Gower of England played 119 consecutive innings without a duck. The next best was 96 consecutive innings by RB Richardson of West Indies.
No ducks in Test career: JW Burke of Australia heads the list of players who have never ever scored a duck in their Test career. Burke played 24 Tests, scoring 1280 runs with 3 tons and 5 fifties, without a single duck.
Most ducks in Test career: Courtney Walsh of West Indies has scored a record 43 ducks in 132 Tests.
Most consecutive ducks: RG Holland of Australia, Ajit Agarkar of India and Mohammad Asif of Pakistan hold the record of five consecutive ducks in their Test careers.
Most pairs in Test career: CS Martin of New Zealand has a record 7 pairs in 71 Tests. (Note: Pairs means scoring ducks in both the innings)
Pair on debut: GF Grace of England is the first cricketer to score a pair on Test debut. Grace earned this dubious distinction against Australia at The Oval in 1880.
Pair by a captain: J Darling of Australia is the first player to earn the dubious distinction of being the first skipper to earn a pair in Test cricket. AB de Villiers is the latest player to join this list.
Ton and duck in the same Test: WL Murdoch of Australia is the first player to score a ton and a duck in the same match. He scored 0 and 153* against England at the Oval in 1880.
Most ducks in a Test series: AG Hurst of Australia recorded 6 ducks in the Ashes series of 1978/79.