A duck is the term used when a batsman is bowled out in a game of cricket without scoring any runs at all. The term derives from the longer expression ‘out for a duck’s egg’ and refers to the fact that the 0 on the scoreboard is the shape of an egg. As well as the simple duck there are variations on the duck, such as the golden duck, which occurs when a player is out from the first ball they face. A batsman who is dismissed on the first ball of the first innings might be said to be out for a platinum duck or royal duck in different parts of the world, whilst the rarest of all is the diamond duck. This last is the name given when a player manages to be out without even facing an actual ball.
There are a few ways that this can happen. The most common is for a player to be run out when they are at the non-batting end of the wicket and haven’t yet faced a ball. Alternatively, a player might be stumped after facing a wide ball or a no-ball. This latter is so rare that only two examples had been recorded in one day International cricket by July 2017.
The simple answer to this question is that a bet can be placed on a player falling to a diamond duck as it can on any other aspect of the game. With the advent of online betting, in-play betting and spot-betting, it is possible to bet on virtually everything taking place during the course of a game of cricket. This ranges from the final result and the highest scoring batsman to the number of no balls delivered during a particular over.
The more considered response to the prospect of betting on a diamond duck is that it would be rather foolhardy to do so. Since reliable figures for the balls faced in test matches began to be collated in 1991, the number of batsmen to have succumbed to a golden duck numbers only 18. The chances of placing a successful bet on a diamond duck are therefore extremely slim.
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