The Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Mukesh Ambani-owned franchise have won four IPL championships. This year, they have become the first team to qualify for the grand finale, and looking at how they have dominated the other teams in the UAE, they are the favorites to win the title.
One of the major reasons behind the Mumbai Indians’ success has been their performance in the auction. They retain their core group of players and have good talent scouts, who find the best-uncapped talent in the country. Legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Zaheer Khan, Shaun Pollock, Sanath Jayasuriya, and many others have donned the MI jersey once in their careers.
While MI have been largely successful in the IPL, there are bound to be some failures at some point of time. Getting out for a duck is considered a failure for the batsmen. Here’s a look at those five players who have scored the most ducks for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
Lasith Malinga – 6 ducks
Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga holds the record for the most wickets by any bowler in IPL history. The right-arm quick has played a massive role in the Mumbai Indians’ success. He missed the IPL 2020 season because of some personal reasons.
Malinga has rarely got a chance to bat for the Mumbai-based franchise. In 122 matches, he has batted only 25 innings, where he has got out for a duck six times. His highest score in IPL is 17.
Mitchell McClenaghan – 6 ducks
Another foreign fast bowler who has only represented the Mumbai Indians in his IPL career, Mitchell McClenaghan, holds the fourth place on this list. The left-arm fast bowler from New Zealand has sometimes batted up the order. The team management has used him as a pinch-hitter.
While McClenaghan has slightly better numbers than Lasith Malinga, the Kiwi player has got out for zero six times. The reason he is above Malinga on this list is that Mitchell has achieved this dubious feat in only 24 innings.
Ambati Rayudu – 9 ducks
Current Chennai Super Kings player Ambati Rayudu began his IPL career with the Mumbai Indians in 2010. The right-handed batsman stitched multiple match-winning partnerships with Sachin Tendulkar. However, as the seasons passed, Rayudu’s performance dipped.
Ultimately, the Mumbai Indians released him in 2017-18. He played 104 matches for the team, aggregating 2416 runs at a strike rate of 126.16. Rayudu returned to the pavilion without contributing a single run nine times while donning the MI jersey.
Rohit Sharma – 11 ducks
The captain of the Mumbai Indians team, Rohit Sharma sits at the second position on this list. The Hitman is the only one among the five names here, who has scored an IPL hundred for the Mukesh Ambani-owned franchise.
Sharma has batted in 150 innings for his home team. He has scored 3,992 runs for them, but he has also got out for a duck 11 times. Most recently, Rohit lost his wicket for zero against the Delhi Capitals.
Harbhajan Singh – 13 ducks
Former Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh holds the record for the most ducks by a Mumbai Indians player. Bhajji played 84 innings for the four-time champions, scoring 799 runs, including one half-century.
He always tried to go big from ball one and that was the reason why he got out for a duck 13 times during his MI. Singh was a part of CSK in IPL 2020, but he opted out of the season due to personal reasons.