It’s a moment of agony and despair when you get out without having faced a delivery. It’s a pathetic sight to see your name on a score which reads 0(0). And when you do it for your country, it leaves a huge dent in your aspirations. Let us take a look at the most iconic diamond ducks in the history of the game
This traces back in the twilight of the 19th century. His diamond duck for South Africa was the first ever duck for the nation. Also, it was the first diamond duck in the history of Test cricket. It came at a time when the matches weren’t classified as Test matches, which left Albert unknown of his record. But he will remember his record of taking the first five-wicket haul for South Africa, for sure.
The Zimbabwean was dismissed for a diamond duck in his ODI debut in the 1987 World Cup. Coming into bat with 22 runs required to seal, what would be the country’s second World Cup win, Brandes time in the middle, lasted just a minute and a half. Iain Butchart had set for a quick single, after pushing his shot into the thirty-yard circle. Unfortunately for Eddo Brandes, his quad failed halfway through the pitch.
Butchart went on to apologise Brandes who had been waiting for a long time for the chance to bat. Brandes claimed that the hot and humid conditions had played its part and maintained that he could’ve easily made it, had it not been the quad failure. Butchart’s valiant half-century went in vain as Zimbabwe fell agonisingly short of the target. He was dropped in the next two matches but made a strong comeback in the next World Cup by picking up a four-wicket haul against England, which gave Zimbabwe their solitary win in that World Cup.
Probably the most despairing diamond duck of all time, Allan Donald will never ever forget this tantalising moment of his career. It was the semi-finals of the 1999 World Cup. South Africa, who were termed chokers, needed 9 runs off the last over. Lance Klusner flayed the first couple of deliveries to off-side boundary. With the scores level, Australian fielders came up to the thirty-yard circle. Klusner pulled the next delivery straight to Lehmann, who darted a throw at the non-striker’s end, trying to run out Donald, who was backing up excessively. Australia sensed something special. Klusner then dug out a yorker to mid-off and set for a quick single.
Mark Waugh, dived to his left and threw the ball at the non-striker’s end trying to run out Donald, who hadn’t realised that Klusner was halfway across the pitch. Fleming collected the ball and threw it to Gilchrist, who was screaming at the other end. A bat-less Donald couldn’t even reach halfway across the pitch as Gilchrist collected the underarm throw from Fleming. Though it was a tie, Australia were qualified for the finals, thanks to their group stage finish as the winners.
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The longest diamond duck in the history of the game belongs to the Australian bowler, Josh Hazlewood. The lanky pacer was stranded at one end of the pitch in his 54-run stand for the tenth wicket with Marcus Stoinis. The all-rounder had smacked a couple of sixes off the fourth and fifth delivery of the 47th over.
Williamson brought the field in for the last delivery. Stoinis hit the last delivery straight to Williamson at short mid-on. Even before Stoinis had hit the ball, Hazlewood had backed a long way. Williamson grabbed the ball and hit the bull’s eye. A big dive from the pacer didn’t help his cause as Australia lost the match by six runs. The victory proved to be crucial as New Zealand went on to win the series and the Chappel-Hadlee Trophy.
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