The only thing a batter does not want in cricket is to get out for a duck. Getting out on a duck is the most embarrassing moment for any batter, be it a top-order batter or a tailender. However, this is a part and parcel of the game and even the best of the batters cannot escape it. We shall see some of the West Indian batters with the most ducks in Test cricket.
1. Courtney Walsh
Courtney Walsh, one of the fasTest bowlers of his time and a West Indian legend, is the first to appear on our list. Walsh was a right-arm fast bowler and used to bat lower down the order. From 1984 to 2001, he played in 132 Test matches, scoring 936 runs. In 185 innings, he got out without scoring 43 times.
2. Mervyn Dillon
Mervyn Dillon was a right-arm fast medium bowler from Trinidad. Dillon played his first Test in 1997 against India at Port of Spain and was part of the Test team until 2004. He got to play 38 Tests for the Windies and in 68 innings he scored 549 runs. During his Test career, he got out without scoring 26 times.
3. Curtly Ambrose
Curtly Ambrose, the right-arm fast bowler from Antigua and one of the fiercest bowlers of his generation, is next on the list. Ambrose batted as a left-handed lower order batter and also scored a half-century in Test cricket. From 1988 to 2000, he played in 98 Tests, scoring 1439 runs, with a highest score of 53. In 145 innings, he got out on zero 26 times.
4. Shannon Gabriel
Next, we have Shannon Gabriel, the right-arm fast bowler from Trinidad. In 2012, Gabriel played his first Test match against England at Lord’s and was in the West Indies’ Test team until 2021. He bats as a right-handed lower-order batter and has played in 56 Test matches. In 54 innings, he has been out on a duck 22 times.
5. Fidel Edwards
Fidel Edwards was a right-arm fast bowler from St. Peter, Barbados, with a round-arm action peculiar to only a few in the cricketing world. Fidel played his first Test in 2003 against Sri Lanka at Kingston. Until 2012, he featured in 55 Test matches for the West Indies. In 88 innings, he got out on a duck 19 times.
6. Joel Garner
Joel Garner was a right-arm fast bowler from Christ Church, Barbados. Garner got his maiden Test call in 1977. He played his first match against Pakistan at Bridgetown, and until 1987 he featured in 58 Tests for the West Indies. In 68 innings, he scored 672 runs, with the highest score of 60. During his career, he got out without scoring 17 times.
7. Kemar Roach
Kemar Roach is a right-arm fast medium bowler from St. Lucy, Barbados, and the only one on our list who is currently a member of the Windies Test team. Since making his Test debut in 2009, he has played in 73 Tests, picking up 252 wickets. He has over 1100 runs in 116 innings and has been dismissed for a duck 17 times so far in his Test career.
8. Brian Lara
Next on the list is Brian Lara, the only recognised batter to appear on our list. Lara was a left-handed top-order batter from Santa Cruz. From 1990 to 2006, he played in 130 Test matches for the West Indies and scored close to 12,000 runs. Lara was dismissed for a duck 17 times.
9. Daren Powell
Daren Powell was a right-arm fast medium bowler from Jamaica. Powell first played for the West Indies in 2002 against New Zealand at Bridgetown. Until 2009, he played in 37 Test matches. In 57 innings, he scored 407 runs and got out without disturbing the scorers 15 times.
10. Michael Holding
Michael Holding was a right-arm fast bowler from Kingston, Jamaica, and one of the most elegant bowlers of his generation. Holding made his Test debut in 1975 against Australia at Brisbane and was part of the Windies Test team until 1987. In 60 Tests, he scored 910 runs, including six half-centuries. In 76 innings, he was out without scoring 15 times.