Getting out on zero or on a “Duck”, as it is popularly known among the fans of the gentleman’s game, is an absolute nightmare for any cricketer. However, there are quite a few, even the most consistent players, who have to experience this failure at least once in their career. In the following lines, we will have a look at the Best XI consisting of the cricketers who have registered the most number of ducks in their career.
#1 Sanath Jayasuriya
One of the most explosive batsmen in the history of world cricket, Jayasuriya has won a number of accolades throughout his career, including the greatest of all, i.e., the World Cup. However, the former Sri Lankan opener, who will be the one to start the proceedings for the best XI with the most number of ducks, has a total tally of 53 ducks registered to his name.
#2 Chris Gayle
His name is enough to sneak fear into any bowler as he can destroy any bowling attack on his day single-handedly. With a total tally of 43 zeroes to his name, the West Indian “Universe Boss” will be the perfect man to open the batting for this side alongside Jayasuriya.
#3 Ricky Ponting
Probably the best shot maker of his time, the former World Cup-winning Australian captain will come in at number three in any team and in any format even today. His tally of 39 ducks fixes his spot in the best XI for most ducks as well, at number three in the batting lineup.
#4 Sachin Tendulkar
In a cricket career spanning for exactly 24 years, the little master has achieved a number of milestones that any batsman can just dream of. This also includes a total number of 34 zeroes, which sees him featured at the fourth spot in this team.
#5 Shahid Afridi
One of the best all-rounders of world cricket, this former Pakistani captain has a total of 44 ducks to his name. He will come in at number five to provide some blistering shots and accelerate the run rate in the middle overs.
#6 Brendan McCullam
The former New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman has a tally of 37 ducks, a record he would certainly like to forget. This, however, helps him make it into this lineup as the sixth player.
#7 Mohd Hafeez
The Pakistani all-rounder has a total number of 33 zeroes throughout his career. He will come in at number seven of this unique lineup.
#8 Shane Warne
One of the best leg spinners of all time, the Aussie had the ability to bamboozle the best batsmen with his impeccable wizardry of spin bowling. Though not a mug with the bat, a record of 44 ducks gets him to star in this squad.
#9 Glenn McGrath
His bowling was like a well-oiled machine but his batting not so good. The Aussie, with 49 ducks in his career, will open the bowling for the best XI with the most number of zeroes.
#10 Muttiah Muralitharan
Another legendary bowler and probably the best off-spinner world cricket has seen till date, this Sri Lankan has the most number of ducks for any player in the history of the game so far. He will spearhead the spin bowling attack for the most ducks XI.
#11 Courtney Walsh
The legendary West Indian pacer has the second-highest number of zeroes scored by an individual in the history of cricket. He will share the new ball with McGrath for this team.