Gautam Gambhir has scripted a dubious record. The former Indian opener completed a hattrick of ducks when the Kolkata Knight Riders skipper failed to open his account against Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League match in Sharjah on Thursday night. Gambhir was trapped LBW by a yorker length delivery from Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc. It was the first ball he faced.
When Gambhir failed to score in the game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils in Dubai last Saturday, it was his seventh duck as captain in IPL. In terms of most ducks by a captain in IPL, Gambhir has now overtaken Adam Gilchrist, who has seven ducks. It is interesting to note the eight ducks scored by Gambhir have come when leading Kolkata Knight Riders. Gilchrist's seven ducks were 'scored' over two teams -- Deccan Chargers (4) and Kings XI Punjab (3).
Gambhir has been struggling for form in this edition of the IPL in UAE. He failed to score in KKR's first two matches against Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils, respectively. In the tournament opener against Mumbai, he was bowled by Lasith Malinga after facing eight balls. KKR, of course, won the match by 41 runs largely due to Jacques Kallis' 72 and Sunil Narine's 4 for 23.