The West Indies have produced some of the finest and most entertaining cricketers who are always a crowd favourite. The West Indian batters, in particular, are known for playing huge and muscular shots, but not every time they can hit a long ball. Batters are bound to fail sometimes, and today we look at some West Indian batters who got out for ducks in their debut Test matches.
1. Richie Richardson
Richie Richardson, one of the West Indies' most prolific batters, is the first to feature on the list. Richie played as a right-handed batter and bowled right-arm medium fast. He played his first Test match against India at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, in 1983. In 86 Test matches, he scored close to 6000 runs at an average of 44.39, with eight ducks to his name. He got out on a duck in his very first innings.
2. Clifford Roach
Clifford Roach played as a right-handed batter for the West Indies. Roach hailed from Port of Spain, Trinidad, and made his debut in 1928 against England at Lord's. He played 16 Test matches for West Indies and scored 952 runs at an average of 30.70 with six ducks to his name. Also, he got out without scoring in his very first innings.
3. Larry Gomes
Larry Gomes was a left-handed middle-order batter from Arima, Trinidad. Gomes began his Test career in 1976 when he played his first match against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. He got out on a duck in his very first innings. He played 60 Tests for the West Indies and scored 3171 runs at an average of 39.63.
4. Gerald Gomez
Gerald Gomez, a right-handed batter and a right-arm fast medium bowler from Port of Spain, Trinidad, is the next to appear on the list. Gomez made his Test match debut in 1939 against England at Manchester. He went without scoring a run in his very first innings. In 29 matches, he scored 1243 runs at an average of 30.31.
5. Roger Harper
Roger Harper was a right-arm off-break bowler and a handy lower-order batter. Harper made his debut in Test cricket in 1983 against India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. He was dismissed for a duck in his first innings. During his Test career, he played in 25 matches and scored 535 runs in 32 innings with five ducks to his name.
6. Malcolm Marshall
Malcolm was a right-arm fast bowler cum right-handed lower-order batter from Bridgetown, Barbados. In 1978, Marshall made his Test debut against India at Bengaluru. He played 81 Tests for West Indies and got out on a duck 15 times, including a duck in his very first innings.
7. Ian Bishop
Ian Bishop, primarily a right-arm fast bowler from Port of Spain, Trinidad, also batted as a right-handed lower-order batter. Ian made his Test debut in 1989 against India at Georgetown and was out for a duck in his very first innings. In 43 Test matches, he scored 632 runs and got out on a duck 10 times.
8. Sunil Ambris
Sunil Ambris is a right-handed opening batter for the West Indies from St. Vincent, Windward Islands. Ambris made his Test match debut in 2017 against New Zealand at Basin Reserve. He got out on a duck on the very first ball he faced in Test cricket. Neil Wagner was the bowler and Ambris accidentally put his foot on the stumps and got out for a hit wicket.
9. Ivan Barrow
Ivan Barrow, a right-handed wicketkeeper batter from St. Stephens, Jamaica, is next to feature on the list. In 1930, Ivan played his first Test match against England at Sabina Park, Kingston. He got on for a duck in his first innings and in his 11-match Test career he got out without scoring three times.
10. Wilf Ferguson
Wilfred Ferguson was a right-handed batter and a right-arm leg break bowler from Long Denville, Trinidad. Ferguson played his first Test match in 1948 against England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown. He played eight Test matches for West Indies and scored 200 runs at an average of 28.57, with one duck to his name, which came in his very first innings.