If there is anything that can stop a normal Indian for at least few seconds then it must definitely be a live Cricket match. Indians are very much obsessed with cricket right from the day India lifted the world cup in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. From then on the legacy of it continued with Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Sehwag, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Kohli and many other great players. Cricket was introduced by England and it is currently being played by different nations. International Cricket Council (ICC) is responsible for all the international fixtures between the cricket playing nations. ICC is also responsible for proposing new ideas, rules for the betterment of the game. Cricket has its own terminology like – run out, duck out, leg bye, hit wicket, hat trick, LBW (leg before wicket) etc. Today we will learn about duck out and how it made its way into the cricket terminology.
Duck out in cricket means a batsman who is dismissed for o runs or scoring nothing. But we all know that Duck means a water bird. So, here comes the question – what is the relationship between duck out and 0?
Here’s the answer for this:
Many of them believe that the term ‘duck’ refers to the shape of the number ‘0’ which is quite similar to the shape of “duck’s egg”. Duck is just the short form of duck’s egg. The very first usage of this term was in 1886. A local newspaper of Whales came up with a headline “The Prince of Whales’ retired to the royal pavilion on a duck’s egg” after the Prince was dismissed for a score of 0. Many newspapers later picked up this incident and started referring it as the duck out in numerous occasions. Thus the duck out term made its way into Cricket.
Duck out is again classified into different types:
- Golden Duck – A batsman who is dismissed for the very first ball he faced.
- Silver Duck – A batsman who is dismissed for the second ball he faced.
- Bronze Duck – A batsman who is dismissed for the third ball he faced.
- Diamond Duck – A batsman who is dismissed without facing any ball.
So next time anyone asks you about the history of duck out, don’t forget to pass on the info. 🙂
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