Nicholas Pooran, on Sunday, became the first-ever player in the history of IPL to register two ducks in the same game. The West Indies star had a night to forget with the bat as Kings XI Punjab lost to Delhi Capitals after the game was decided by super over.
He was first castled by Ravichandran Ashwin when Kings XI Punjab were chasing 158 in their opening game of the game tournament. Kings XI Punjab were looking set to suffer a humiliating loss after being reduced to 55 for 5 before Mayank Agarwal’s 89-run knock saw them tie the game.
In the super over, Nicholas Pooran had the opportunity to make amends as he was sent out to bat along with captain KL Rahul. However, he failed miserably and was castled again by Kagiso Rabada on the third ball of the super over. On the previous delivery, Rahul was dismissed too as Kings XI Punjab could manage only two before Rishabh Pant did the work with the bat for Delh.
Not the first one:
Nicholas Pooran registering as many as two ducks in the same T20 game might be rare but it was not the first time a batsman did so. Before the left-handed batsman, two batsmen had managed to achieve this dubious feat. The first one to do so was Australia allrounder Moises Henriques.
In 2013, Henriques became the first ever player to register the first-ever unofficial pair in the shortest format of the game. He did it in the Big Bash League while playing for Sydney Sixers against Perth Scorchers. After falling for a 4-ball duck earlier in the game, he was out on the first ball in the super over bowled by Yasir Arafat.
The next player to register a pair in T20 was Pakistan veteran Shoaib Malik. The right-handed batsman registered two ducks in one T20 game during the inaugural Ramadan T20 cup final between Habib Bank Limited and Pakistan International Airlines in 2014. Playing for Pakistan International Airlines, he was out for a first-ball duck during the chase before registering another duck in the super over.